Ceremonial of the Kingdom of An Tir Version: 12th Night, LII (2018)
The Ducal Retinue shall arrange themselves as follows:
DUCAL HERALD SCROLL BEARER SWORD BEARER BANNER BEARER CORONET BEARER INCIPIENT DUKE
The Sword should be held upright and sheathed. The scroll and coronet may be carried upon pillows, if desired. This party may be followed by a group of supporters.
At the Crown's command, the party may enter court, and approach the Throne and bow:
The Sword-bearer will present the Sword to the Crown, who gives it to the keeping of the Kingdom Champion. The Sword-bearer returns to their place.
The incipient Duke shall kneel before the Crown.
They shall arrange themselves to either side of the incipient duke.
If Letters Patent are not to be granted then skip ahead.
KING: Let the Scroll be read.
Presenting the Scroll to the Crown's Herald, the bearer resumes their place.
If the new Duke doesn't have registered arms, the herald shall substitute:
"We do affirm their right to bear by Letters Patent, such suitable and unique Arms as, by consulting with Us and Our heralds, they shall choose, and to bear above the Arms a helm with gold coronet bearing strawberry leaves, with mantling."
Unsheathing the Ducal Sword, the King shall strike the new duke with the flat of the blade, upon the left shoulder, the right shoulder, and then upon the crown of the head, and say:
Sheathing the Sword, the King calls for the coronet.
The coronet-bearer kneels before the King, and then returns to their place.
The Crown shall place the coronet upon the new duke's head, saying:
Rising, the Duke shall receive their Sword back from the Crown.
The duke shall gird themselves with the Sword.
If the new Duke's consort will be raised in rank, and will participate in their investiture, then they may move to the Queen's left to await the procession of the consort, and swear fealty to the Crown with them.
But, if they will not participate, or if the consort will not be raised to rank, then they may swear at this time.
After they kneel before the Crown, the herald says:
The Crown will hand the Duke the Scroll, and if the Sovereign be a Duke, they shall extend their right hand, taking the new Duke by the same, and congratulate them. If the Sovereign is not a Duke, then the senior Duke present shall perform this rite:
Then as the dukes present congratulate their new comrade, the Crown's herald will exhort the cheers of the people.
If the new Duke will not be participating in the next investiture, they shall be given leave to depart with their retinue, and the herald will exhort the cheers of the populace.
- Mail copies of the ceremony to the Crown and Heirs along with the coronation ceremony.
- Learn which title will be used.
- Be sure that the Ducal retinue will be ready to go at the start of the First Court.
- Have a blazon of the new Duke's arms (and the principal color and metal/fur), for the Scroll.
- If the text of the actual writ is different from that given in the ceremony above, use the text of the actual writ.