The Royal Mace

The Royal Mace is one of the most important pieces in the Crown Jewels.  If the Mace is not present, Parliament cannot meet nor can any laws be passed. The Mace in Parliament is the symbol of royal authority. The House of Commons mace is a silver gilt ornamental club of about five feet in length, dating from the reign of Charles II.

The mace is a large, golden staff carried by the Serjeant-at-Arms, an officer of the House who is responsible for ensuring order is maintained in the lobbies and galleries.

There are 10 Maces as part of the Crown Jewels. They are kept in the Jewel House in the Tower of London. Two ceremonial Maces represent the Monarch’s authority. The Monarch is refered to as the third part of Parliament and signs into laws, the bills which are voted on and passed on in Parliament

By law Parliament is not able to meet without the Mace. The Mace is carried into and out of chamber in a procession in the beginning and end of each day. It is placed on brackets at the end of the Table in the House of Commons. Two Maces are carried in the royal procession at the State Opening of Parliament and at coronations. The Mace weighs about 22 lbs (10 kilograms