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The Coronation Roll
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St Edward's Staff
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Saint Edward’s staff

Also known as the ‘Long Sceptre’, St Edward’s Staff is traditionally thought to have been a relic associated with Edward the Confessor (St Edward), and was carried in the processions at the Coronations of Richard III, Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I and James I. The staff was recreated in 1660 as part of the new regalia created for King Charles II, the previous Coronation regalia having been melted down and sold following the Civil War. On this occasion, the staff was borne by a member of the Order of Merit, Baroness Eliza Manningham-Buller, the former Director-General of MI5.