Chamberlains of Honor of the Purple Habit

Have practically the same privileges and functions, as well as the same costume, as privy chamberlains, whom they assist at Vatican functions, e.g., consistories and chapels, by carrying the flabelli (fans), sedia gestatoria (papal chair), tapers, etc. They have the added function of assisting in the antechamber of honor, wherein is the pontifical throne. They number at present 729.

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