From Queen Elizabeth to President Obama, only heads of state sit on "the chair"

When is a chair not just a chair? How about when more heads of state have sat on it than any other single chair in the world.

The UN has a ceremonial chair for Heads of State and no one else but a head of state can sit on it. The chair has hosted everyone from Queen Elizabeth to Pope Benedict to President Obama.

It’s located next to the podium in the General Assembly and is used often during the general debate or when heads of state visit, otherwise it is kept in a locked room.

The chair looks just like a normal chair, it’s got an off white leather seat and back and blond wood, but it’s larger than your average office chair and is equiped with a listening device that translates the speeches.

Julie Walker spoke with Desmond Parker, the head of UN Protocol, about the significance and history of the chair.

Duration: 5’09″

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