A Cap of Maintenance is a ceremonial crimson velvet cap lined with ermine. Crimson is a strong bright deep Red color combined with some Blue, resulting in a tiny degree of Purple. Velvet is a type of tufted fabric in which the cut threads are very evenly distributed with a short dense pile giving it a distinct feel A cap is a form of Headgear. Caps have crowns that fit closer than Hats and have no brim or only a Visor. It is one of the insignia of the British sovereign, and paraded directly before the monarch during the coronation procession or on such state occasions as the State Opening of Parliament. TalkCommonewalth realm.--> The monarchy A coronation is a ceremony marking the investiture of a Monarch with regal power specifically involving the placement of a crown upon his or her head and the In the United Kingdom, the State Opening of Parliament is an annual event held usually in October or November that marks the commencement of a session of the Parliament It is carried by the hereditary bearer, the Marquess of Winchester, upon a white wand. Marquess of Winchester is a title in the Peerage of England. It was created in 1551 for the prominent statesman William Paulet.
A similar cap is used throughout British heraldry, and is worn inside the coronet of Lords. Heraldry in its most general sense encompasses all matters relating to the duties and responsibilities of officers of arms. A coronet is a small crown consisting of ornaments fixed on a metal ring The House of Lords is the second house of the Parliament of the United Kingdom and is also commonly referred to as "the Lords" For this reason, it is also borne before the Lord Mayor of the City of London and Lord Mayors of other cities. The Right Honourable Lord Mayor of London is the legal title for the Mayor of (and head of the City of London Corporation.
The origin of this symbol of dignity is obscure. It may have had a purely practical origin being used to help a crown fit more firmly or to protect the head from bare metal on the crown.
According to the Oxford English Dictionary it was granted by the pope to Henry VII and Henry VIII. The Oxford English Dictionary ( OED) published by the Oxford University Press (OUP is a comprehensive Dictionary of the English History See also History of the Papacy Catholics recognize the Pope as a successor to Saint Peter, who Jesus named as the "shepherd" and Henry VIII (28 June 1491 &ndash 28 January 1547 was King of England and Lord of Ireland, later King of Ireland and claimant to the Kingdom of It is probably connected with the cap of estate or dignity, sometimes also styled Cap of Maintenance, similar to the royal symbol with two peaks or horns behind, which is borne as a heraldic charge by certain families. In Heraldry and Vexillology, a charge is an image occupying the field on an escutcheon (or shield It seems originally to have been a privilege of dukes. A duke is a member of the Nobility, historically of highest rank below the Sovereign, and historically controlled a Duchy or a Dukedom Where it is used the crest is placed upon it, instead of on the usual wreath.