Ceremony for the Order of the Master of Defense

'''''' Ceremonial of the Kingdom of An Tir

Version: 12th Night, AS LII (2018)

At the Crown's command, the herald shall summon the members of the Order of Defense.

HERALD
Let those members of the Order of Defense here present, assemble now before Their Majesties.
QUEEN
Greetings to you, Masters of Defense. I understand that you feel your numbers are lacking. Is there one whom you would bring forth as a candidate to join your order?
MoD SPEAKER
Yes, Your Majesty. We do nominate .
KING
Herald, summon the candidate into Our court.
HERALD
Let come into Their Majesites court.
QUEEN
Who would speak for this candidate?

Speakers talk about candidate.

KING
So then, are you all agreed that should be admitted to your Order?
MASTERS
Yes, Your Majesty.
QUEEN
, well pleased with your prowess upon the field, We are minded to create you a Master of the Order of Defense. Will you accept from Us this honor, and swear fealty to the Crown and Kingdom of An Tir?
CANDIDATE
Yes, Your Majesty.
KING
By what sword would you swear fealty and receive this accolade?

The new peer will state their choice, and the Queen shall take up that sword. Laying it across their hands, Their Majesties proceed.

QUEEN
Place your hands upon ours.
HERALD (Leads the oath in phrases)
Here do I swear fealty to and , my undoubted King and Queen, that I will obey Their lawful commands in all matters that concern this realm, and uphold the Crown and Kingdom of An Tir.
QUEEN
All this do We hear. And We, for Our part, do swear fealty to you, to protect and defend you and your household with all Our power, so long as We remain Sovereigns of An Tir.
QUEEN
So say We, , Queen of An Tir.
KING
So say We, , King of An Tir.

Taking the sword by the hilt, the Queen shall bestow the accolade with the flat of the blade upon the right shoulder, the left shoulder, and then upon the crown of the head.

QUEEN
Arise, Master .

Bring forth the Medallion.

When the MEDALLION arrives, if there is history it may be shared at this time. If the medallion is suspended from the COLLAR, skip the section below calling for the Collar.

QUEEN
Take from Our hands this token of your accomplishment and Our esteem.
QUEEN
Bring forth the Collar. (As noted above, skip this if MEDALLION was suspended from the COLLAR.) Wear this Collar as symbol of that nobility to which your own labors, as much as Our recognition, have raised you.

And here the Queen shall deliver the BUFFET (either a blow or a kiss) saying,

QUEEN
Accept this blow (or kiss) to always remember the vow you have made this day.
KING
Go now to your peers.

If there is a SCROLL let it be read now.

NOTES FOR THE HERALD: Try to discover before the court begins if the medallion will be on the collar. The court coordinator may be able to get this information for you.