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The Grand Falconer is an hereditary position that dates from medieval times, and belongs to the Duke of St. Albans. The man shown here wears a Middle-Eastern-style head-dress with a diadem and carries a scimitar. At his feet a dog, and in the background a castle, symbol of authority in mediaeval times. A falcon sits on his wrist.
In North America the sport of falconry is called hawking.