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People and objects involved in ceremonies

baton

noun

a stick that an important person carries during a ceremony as a sign of authority

bearer

noun

someone whose job is to carry something such as a flag, especially in a ceremony

cavalcade

noun

a line of people, walking, on horses, or in vehicles, who are moving slowly as part of a ceremony

crown jewels

noun

the crown, jewellery, and other valuable objects that a king or queen wears or carries during ceremonies

emcee

noun

a master of ceremonies

mace

noun

a decorated stick carried by an official on special occasions

master of ceremonies

noun

someone whose job is to introduce speakers or performers at a formal public event

MC

noun

Master of Ceremonies: someone whose job is to introduce speakers and performers at a public event

orb

noun

a small gold ball with a cross on top that a king or queen carries as part of a ceremony

pageantry

noun

the traditional features of formal ceremonies, for example special clothes, music, and decorations

procession

noun

a line of people or vehicles moving in a slow and formal way as part of an event

regalia

noun

special clothes that you wear for a ceremony or official occasion

regalia

noun

objects and clothing used and worn by members of a royal family

robe

noun

a long loose piece of clothing, worn by an important person such as a priest during an official ceremony

sceptre

noun

a decorated rod that a king or queen carries at ceremonies

sheriff

noun

in England and Wales, the king’s or queen’s representative in a county, who has particular duties in a ceremony

staff

noun

a stick that some officials carry on formal occasions

toastmaster

noun

someone who introduces the speakers at a formal meal and is in charge of the toasts

toastmistress

noun

a woman who introduces the speakers at a formal meal and is in charge of the toasts

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