First Coronation Festival 1978
Armand and Diana's procession
This fabulous day saw Caid crown its first King and Queen, Armand and Diana.
- The Kingdom of Caid's first coronation was held at the American Square Dance Hall in North Hollywood, CA. The event steward was Gabrielle nic Chlurain.
- The "Ancient and Honorable" Crowns of the West were used in the ceremony.
- During the fealty ceremony, His new Majesty Armand spoke the response as, "So say I, Armand, King of Calafia," much to the amusement of the populace.
- The sites for Coronation and Queen's Champion were in North Hollywood, which was Angels then but is now the Barony of Altavia.
A native of Calafia, Duke Armand, also known as Armand-Sebastian de la foret de Savigny, was knighted by Duke Paul Bellatrix, King of the West in 1976. He also served as Caid's Kingdom Seneschal, and was the first Baron of the Barony of Gyldenholt. He was the first Captain General of the Army of the Kingdom of Caid, from 1987-1989, and was elected into the Order of the Pelican in 1985. Duke Armand returned to serve upon the Royal Throne once more, as the 6th King of Caid.
His Consort, Duchess Diana, was the first Baroness of Gyldenholt. She was a member of the Order of the Pelican, and a member of the Merrymakers of Gyldenholt. Our first Queen was greatly renowned as an accomplished musician. Duchess Diana returned to the Royal Throne, serving once more as the Queen of Caid during the 6th Reign of our Land. Sadly, Duchess Diana passed away in September of 1999, but her legacy lives on in all who follow in the example of her grace and beauty.
From the Crown Prints
At long last the glorious event for which all Caid has worked so hard came to pass on the 3rd day of June, Anno Societatis XIII. It was a day of joy, of pleasant surprises, of beautiful costumes and excellent food. Baron Fredrick of Woodlyn who is without a doubt the Pavillion Maker Par Excellence in Caid, displayed his newest child a dazzling Royal Pavillion of blue and white which is large enough for several royal personages AND entourages and has an ingenious backdoor which is covered by the striking Caid banner of blue with white crescents. Hanging in the front of the pavillion was the new Caid banner executed by Viscountess Neptha of Thebes and Master Alewaulfe the Red.
At Opening Court many presentations were made to the assembled royalty Prince Martin, Princess Neptha, Crown Prince Armand, Crown Princess Diana, King Gregory and Queen Bevin. Baron Fredrick of Woodlyn and Baroness Lyndia of Woodlyn received Grants of Arms, as did Lady Guinevere de Bremble and Lady Eyana Bat-David NicChlurain. Awards of Arms were given to Kerissa of Silverwolf, Erekose von Dragasus, Leonora Dragonsrun, and Allene Wendell Montgomery. Baroness Rowen-Lynn of Woodbine was admitted to the Legion of Courtesy. Their Caidan Highnesses presented gifts to their entourage velvet hats adorned with jewelled pins which had been made by Princess Neptha, and to His Majesty Gregory Prince Martin gave a silver stirrup cup with a wolf’s head in token of the King’s support and sage council during the last several months of the Principality’s journey to Kingdom status.
Court convened at the hall almost on time, and Their Occidental Majesties held court. Lady Brann Morgan Dunmore of Galloway, Lord Sweyn MacChlurain and Lord Jared Alexandre Blaydeaux were the last Caidans to receive the Leaf of Merit. Their Majesties also gave Awards of Arms to Kristin Aelfhildr of Trondheim and Faye of Ye Farther Glenne.
Prince Martin and Princess Neptha came forward and rendered up the coronets and capes of Caid. Neptha was created the last Viscountess in Caid. Then Baron John ap Griffin read the three scrolls that recount Caid’s history the petition to form a Principality, the petition to become a Kingdom, and the final approval and statement of severance. The coronation of Armand and Diana followed. Their Caidan Majesties wore blue and white Norman outfits, and were escorted by their entourage.
After a beautiful ceremony, which was assembled by Her Majesty Bevin Fraser of Sterling from bits of antiquity and the Kingdom of the East coronation ceremony and of course her own well-known touches, King Armand and Queen Diana held their opening Court. Awards of Arms were given to Kyna Analisa Dunmore of Galloway and Lyrel Phillippa of Essex. And to the rousing cheers of the assembled crowd, Lady Giesele Hildegaard of the Mystic Dragon was brought forth from the kitchen where she was cooking dinner, and admitted to the Order of the Laurel.
Investiture of new officers included Gabrielle nic Chlurain as Kingdom Seneschal, Conrad von Regensburg as Crescent Herald, Mistress Louise of Woodsholme as Kingdom Mistress of Arts, and Lord Thin Robert of Lawrence as Kingdom Chancellor.
The banquet included such tempting edibles as huge loaves of lemon bred, Thelin’s rye bread, juicy ribs of prime beef, various vegetable dishes, and carrot cake and delicious cheese cake. The hall was filled to capacity and it took the efforts of the Crescent Herald, El Munadi Pursuivant, and Coral Pursuivant to get necessary information to the assemblage who were hesitant to cease their boisterous reveling. However, all proceeded according to plan, and during the evening various entertainments were displayed. The Dreiburgen Consortium and Friends provided music during the Coronation; the Collegium Musica gave us several beautiful songs during first course; and a newcomer named Richard the Talented brought the hall to dead silence by playing two recorders AT ONCE! (Maybe the heralds should take up recorder playing?????)
All during the banquet, the costume contest was being judged by the Royal Ladies, as well as Lady Kreimhild of Stonecroft and Mistress Gabrielle Deveraux. There were continuous presentations to the Head Table, but the presentation of the Insulters’ Guild brought the house down. Lord Wilhelm von Messer presented King Gregory of York and Queen Bevin (who, of course, are Caidans, as you know) with their own Green Cards, because they are now resident aliens!
A raffle was held at the hall to help with the Coronation expenses. Ticket-sellers were Viscountess Lorissa, Lady Karen, Lady Kate, Lady Kathryn, Nyla $ & Trey of Woodlyn (who could resist someone asking if you’d like to purchase an "apple-ticket"?) The raffle winner was Colin of Duntamknackan, the Chief of Clan Colin, who carried home the beautiful white porcelain unicorn made by Lady Kristin Aelfhildr of Trondheim. Since Lord Colin is White Unicorn Pursuivant of the Province of Ceantir (Petaluma), he was overjoyed to win this beautiful unicorn. Many thanks to the donors of other prizes a personal pattern-drafting from Mistress Giesele Hildegaard; a "drunk cake" from Lady Eyana bat-David; 2 bottles of Gwydioan’s mead; shortbread from Lady Sine & a malachite gem from Baroness Bjo. The raffle made $92+ which will help ease the costs a bit!
That evening Duke Henrik of Havn showed the Pennsic War Epic film, and there was also dancing, led by Lord Ioannes Leckie and Lady Jaelithe of Dragonstower. There was also great revelling in and around the hall, with belly-dancing under the trees. And thanks to the combined efforts of everyone on the Coronation Committee, and most especially Mistress Gabrielle Deveraux, Mistress Giesele-Hildegaard of the Mystic Dragon, Master Alewaulfe the Red, Barons Conrad von Regensburg and John ap Griffin, Baron Fredrick of Woodlyn and Baroness Lyndia, it was a most glorious first day of Anno Caidis I!
- I recall being at the first Caidan Coronation when we were established as a Kingdom. If I recall correctly, and perhaps I do not, Gregory and Bevin, King and Queen of the West, were given "Green Cards" so they could remain in Caid as foreign nationals. Greg was "unimpressed." Bevin just smiled gracefully, but she did that a lot and did it well. Again, if I recall correctly, there had been some talk in the Kingdom of the West previously that CAID wasn't ready to be its own Kingdom because no one from the Principality of CAID had ever won a crown tournament. Eventually it was decided that CAID the principality would become Caid the kingdom. Perhaps this was not cause and effect, but then Gregory won crown. There was much rejoicing (and much feeling of vindication down South). Thanks Greg! This was my first banquet in the new Kingdom of Caid. The meal was both plentiful and delicious. I recall that there was enough roast meat that people were carving off chunks to take home. But I have to say that my favorite item was a dill bread baked by Master Duryn the Red. I mentioned this to him many years later and he seemed genuinely surprised. For him it was a common recipe and not worth remembering. But for me, it will forever be part of a very happy memory. ~ Eadwynne of Runedun
- Actually there was more corporate concern about the area being able to sustain the required paid membership number of 200 than anything else. Caid had already proven itself many times over, and Caidans had been participating in events "up North," as we used to say, for some time, including Western Crown Tournies. Both of Their Western Majesties enjoyed receiving Green Cards, and perhaps the perceived reticence was more about not wanting to detract from the celebration of Caid's first monarchs. (Side note: While the use of four capital letters for the Kingdom's name hearkens back to the four founding Baronies, the Kingdom's official name is "Caid" and has been since February 1975. For more information about early history, see elsewhere in this wiki: ) ~ Natalya de Foix
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