The ten-member group of Gentlemen Ushers is a royal tradition that dates back to the 15th century
That’s because the role of helping guests to their pews at Westminster Abbey will go to a ten-member group of Gentlemen Ushers, a tradition that dates back to the 15th century. Ushers were originally assigned to staff the door of any room in which the monarch was present. Nowadays, the men – drawn from the three branches of the Armed Forces (and they continue to wear their services’ uniforms) – are paid a small allowance to be on hand at ceremonies held by Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace, State Banquets and, crucially, weddings.
– Simon Perry