Investiture, from the Latin (preposition in and verb vestire, "dress" from vestis "robe"), is the formal installation of an incumbent. Investiture can include formal dress and adornment such as robes of state or headdress, or other regalia such as a throne or seat of office. An investiture is also often part of a coronation rite or enthronement. It was prevalent in the Middle Ages.
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Investiture is the installation of individuals in institutions that
usually have been extant from feudal times. For example, the
installation of heads of state and various other state functions with
ceremonial roles are invested with office. Usually the investiture
involves ceremonial transfer of the symbols of the particular office.
Judges in many countries, including justices of the Supreme Court of
the United States, are invested with their office. American justices
typically take two oaths: one to uphold the Constitution of the United
States, and the other to apply justice equally. Likewise,
university presidents, rectors and chancellors are invested with
In the United Kingdom, around 2,600 people are invested personally by
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 Queen Elizabeth investiture (knighting) ceremony at Buckingham Palace.  Governor-General of New Zealand, Inves