Sword of state

The Great Sword of State of the United Kingdom held by the 6th Marquess of Londonderry at the Coronation of King Edward VII, 1902
Swords of different Ottoman Sultans on display at the Topkapi Palace.

A sword of state is a sword, used as part of the regalia, symbolizing the power of a monarch to use the might of the state against its enemies, and his duty to preserve thus right and peace.

It is known to be used in following monarchies:

By analogy, it can even be used in republics, as in the Senate of the state of South Carolina in the United States of America.

See also


  1. Hastings, James (2004). encyclopedia of religion and ethics. Kessinger Publishing. p. 635. ISBN 9780766136984.
  2. "상상력 연구소 : 태그 > 어도" (in Korean). Flyturtle.egloos.com. Retrieved 2016-05-02.
  3. Websters
  4. "index". 4dw.net. Retrieved 2016-05-02.
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