Keepers of the Kingdom

KEEPERS, The Ancient Offices of Britain

Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation

Published May 2013 by Julian Calder Publishing

The new edition of the classic book celebrating the ancient offices of Britain has been
commissioned to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne.

Upon her accession, 60 years ago, Queen Elizabeth II inherited the most ancient office in
the land. At her Coronation, the serried ranks of the realm gathered around her together
held most of the other great offices of Britain: Archbishop and Admiral, Marshal and
Minister, Chancellor and Treasurer – all, in a sense, Keepers of the Kingdom.

Not represented there but nonetheless each, at one time or another, playing an important
role in the affairs of the country, were numerous other holders of titles, some quite
humble, and it is these, together with the still powerful and relevant offices, that Keepers
of the Kingdom celebrates.

Keepers contains over 100 photographs,
of which 45 are new and specially commissioned. These include:

Her Majesty the Queen as Knight of the Thistle, photographed on location

HRH the Prince William as 1000th Knight of the Garter, photographed in the Garter
Throne Room at Windsor

The Duchess of Cornwall as Lady of the Isles, photographed in the grounds of Birkhall

The book also contains a special Diamond Jubilee portrait of Her Majesty in her study at

In addition to these unique portraits of the Royal family, the new edition

The Perpetual Master of the Woodmen of Arden
The First Sea Lord at Sea
The Searcher of Sanctuary and High Bailiff of Westminster Abbey
The Keeper of the Great Clock at the top of Big Ben
Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury
President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom

Alastair Bruce’s impeccably researched narrative traces the history of Britain through its
ancient offices from before the Norman Conquest, through the Reformation and Age of
Empire to the present day. Each office holder is beautifully photographed by Julian Calder and Mark Cator.

Keepers, The Ancient Offices of Britain is published on May 30th 2013.
ISBN NO 9780955325335

************NEWS UPDATE**************

25th May 2013

KEEPERS is today featured in the Daily Mail Weekend Magazine, with Julian Calder’s portrait of Her Majesty the Queen gracing the front cover.

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