What's this rig?

Meet Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe:


I'm thinking it's the old diplomatic uniform (which I thought died in the 1930s)? Or perhaps court uniform?
Off that, it really is the ceremonial dress of the Met Commissioner (not an easy Google, that one).

Lord Trenchard GCB OM GCVO DSO:


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The Victorian era must have been hell on the old birds of paradise...
There are a few walts out there too

He'll be buggered if that thing on his head lays an egg!
Hasn't he got more important things to like catching criminals and terrorists?
Bernie H-H needs to keep his gob shut and just concentrate on the job in hand and not go jockeying for yet more snooping powers, I hope Boris has him in for an interview without coffee.
Very model of a modern major general.

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