ABC journalist finds gold, discovers Black Rod during a vox-pop in line for the Queen’s coffin

Seasoned ABC journalist Barbara Miller stumbled upon the gold by accident while interviewing patrons waiting in line to see the Queen’s coffin at Westminster Hall.

The Scottish-born Australian television journalist who is a US correspondent for the network but is currently in the UK covering the Queen’s death was crossing a long line in London live on air when she selected a random man from the crowd for an interview.

It turned out to be 70-year-old Lieutenant General David Leakey, the former “black rod” of the British Parliament, one of the highest positions in the House of Lords, responsible for maintaining order and providing access to officials.

Prominent positions are also held by officials in various Commonwealth countries, including Australia, whose representatives are known to wear black shoes with black buckles, silk stockings, black breeches, a black coat, and an ebony cane used to knock on the door in front. opening of parliament.

Ms. Miller was caught off guard by Mr. Leakey’s former profession, in which he worked for seven years until 2018, and asked him to “explain that [role] to Australia.”

“Black Rod?” Mr Leakey asked. “Well, you have a Black Rod in Australia, in the Australian Parliament… You didn’t know that?”

Mr Leakey continued: “So Black Rod is the Queen’s representative in Parliament and one of Black Rod’s roles is to organize the whole event that takes place in the lodge room at Westminster Hall. I’ve been doing this for seven years, and if the queen died while I was doing this, I would be there organizing and directing it all.

“But I got out of it three years ago and Sarah Clark took over and now I’m just Jo Public and standing in line and waiting to go and see the result of some plans I’ve been working on for seven years. years.”

The role of the Black Rod is significant in the State Opening of Parliament and dates back to the 14th century.

After the monarch has taken his place on the throne, the Black Rod is sent to the House of Commons to summon the MPs to hear His or Her Majesty’s speech. The door of the House of Commons is slammed in Black Rod’s face, and then Black Rod knocks on the door three times with his staff, in a custom dating back to the 1600s.

In Australia, the Usher of the Black Rod is the central figure at the opening of Parliament, tasked with announcing the arrival of the Governor General and escorting the official party to the Senate chamber.

Viewers watching live were delighted with Ms. Miller’s interview, with one commenting that she “admitted” her ignorance before launching into a compelling conversation.

Elsewhere in the long line to see Her Majesty’s coffin on Friday local time was football legend David Beckham, who was pictured wiping away a tear as he kept a low profile wearing a cap.

The former England captain joined the queue to pay his respects and it didn’t take long for the mourners to figure out who he was when they asked for photos.

As he entered the hall, Beckham was seen bowing his head and wiping his eyes, before later explaining that his grandparents raised him as a royalist.

“So this day was always meant to be a hard day and it’s hard for the nation, hard for everyone around the world because I think everyone is feeling that and our thoughts are with the family and obviously everyone here today.” Beckham. told Sky News.

“Because being here is special, celebrating and hearing different stories that people have to tell.”

The lines at Westminster Hall were at one point so long that the government had to intervene and prevent people from joining the line that stretches for miles across London.

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