The first female Black Rod has been presented with her ceremonial staff by the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
Sarah Clarke, who previously ran the Wimbledon tennis championships, follows in a 650-year line of men in the role.
As well as the key ceremonial role of banging on the Commons door at the State Opening of Parliament, Black Rod manages the House of Lords staff.
A female prime minister, a female head of state and now a female black rod. What next, the ladies will demand a right to vote next?
Seriously though, in the 21st century, do we need all this anachronistic nonsense in our parliament?