Groom of the Stole
Keeper of the stole or state-robe. His duty, originally, was
to invest the king in his
state-robe, but he had also to hand him his shirt when he dressed.
The office, when a queen reigns, is termed Mistress of the Robes,
but Queen Anne had her “Groom of the Stole.” (Greek, stole, a
garment.) (See Bridegroom.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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