THE new High Sheriff of Suffolk’s name was “pricked” by The Queen to confirm his appointment for the year at Buckingham Palace last week.
Andrew Norman-Butler from Stoke-by-Nayland was nominated in November for the largely ceremonial role, and a list of all counties’ High Sheriffs was pricked by The Queen using a bodkin last week in a tradition dating back centuries.
The Royal Encyclopedia states that: “Tradition has it that Elizabeth I was sewing in the garden when the annual Sheriffs’ Roll was brought to her for marking.
“With no pen to hand, she pricked it with her bodkin. The legend gains likelihood from the fact that earlier rolls are marked with a small black dot, whereas all subsequent ones are marked by pricking.”
The High Sheriff’s office has existed since before the Norman Conquest.