It has been said that the English have developed an admirable tolerance for anachronisms. The position of Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain, leading member of that fountainhead of ritual and hereditary nobility - the House of Lords, the best club in the world - has been described as "older than democracy, older than parliament, older than Magna Carta, older [even] than the Norman Conquest." The Tories are to be commended for returning a little medieval pomp to the "keeper of the royal conscience", after Labour unceremoniously dewigged the men in gold brocade gowns, silk stockings and brogues.
Nice Togs: Tory Kenneth Clarke, the new Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain displays his full finery - wig, robes, tights and buckled shoes.
The Lord Chancellor walks in procession to the Royal Courts of Justice to be sworn in.
The Lord Chancellor of Great Britain shares a laugh with the Lord Chief Justice
Wigged out: Solicitor General Edward Garnier (left) and Attorney General Dominic Grieve