William knelt before the chancellor's wooden pulpit, holding on to the horizontal metal bar at the front above the St Andrews crest.
The chancellor swiftly tapped the prince's head, in keeping with custom, with a small 17th century scarlet cloth cap called Birretum, which is said to contain cloth from trousers worn by the religious reformer John Knox.
As William bowed his head, the chancellor declared in Latin: "Et super te", meaning "and upon you".
Mickwick will now explain further. He knows about these things, you see.
(ObAUE: Er... there isn't any, but I thought it was the funniest thing I've read for a long time. I think it's the "said to contain" that is the stroke of genius, if there's any usage mileage in that.)

Ross Howard

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