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Old 16-11-2012, 06:47 PM   #58
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The first Melchett appeared in series two of Blackadder. He is Lord Chamberlain to Queen Elizabeth I. Affectionately known to the Queen as "Melchy", the earnest Lord Melchett has set himself up as her closest personal advisor and is always close to her. He guards his position jealously and is always doing his best to please the Queen. Melchett attends the Annual Communion Wine-Tasting and is also able to officiate at marriage ceremonies, two facts which suggest that he has a career in the church alongside his duties to the Queen...Although Melchett did not appear in the third series of Blackadder,he appeared in the final episode as The Duke of Wellington, portrayed as a loud, bellowing and bellicose warmonger with a tendency towards casual violence aimed at the serving classes (in particular the incompetent and buffoonish Prince Regent, who was then disguised as his own butler). Eventually he kills the Prince Regent thinking he is a butler, meaning Blackadder takes the Prince's throne...
The Duke of Wellington reappeared in Blackadder: Back & Forth, appearing less casually violent and loud than in his original appearance, where Blackadder's time machine accidentally crushed him before the Battle of Waterloo.General Melchett displays 12 medals on his tunic - in order (with associated post nominal in parenthesis) the Victoria Cross (VC), Distinguished Service Order (DSO), Territorial Force War Medal, Afghanistan Medal 1878-1880, General Service Medal 1918, Egypt Medal 1882-1889, India Medal 1896, Queen's South Africa Medal 1899, King's South Africa Medal, India General Service Medal and finally the 1914-15 Star. He has also been made a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) and henceforth is awarded the title 'Sir'...
Freemasonry came to the new world in large part with the military Lodges attached to various British regiments. Thus, it is that almost from the very beginning to this country Freemasonry and the military have gone hand in hand through our history.

"...freemasonry is still strong in parts of the Army. One leading mason said that when he joined every member of the Army Board was a mason - he would not say how things stood today." p. 167, 'Inside the British Army', by Antony Beevor
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