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It really depends on which “officials” you mean. There is famously a statue of Cromwell outside the main train station in Manchester. It is said that it for this reason that Queen Victoria always refused to visit the principal industrial city of her empire.
It is the baton of the Constable of France, or rather an imitation of it. The explanation of this particular baton is that William of Orange was originally the disciple and member of the court of Holy Roman Emperor, King Charles V. Charles fought many wars in France and as a sort of propaganda measure Charles let himself out as following in the tradition of ...
This is most likely a Baton, which is a symbol for a field marshal or high ranking military officer. He was involved in the Invasion of England in 1688 and War in Europe later on, so is probably a symbol to show his military involvement. The Baton does not have any practical use.
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