Investiture of a Royal Patron

Ceremonial of the Kingdom of An Tir

Version: 12th Night, LII (2018)

At the Crown's command, the herald shall call forth the branch asking for a patron:

HERALD
The people of have a boon to ask of the Crown.
People of , come and kneel before the Thrones.

And when they have assembled (officers in the fore):

HERALD
What would you ask of the Crown?
SHIRE HERALD
Your Majesties, the people of wish to ask of You a Royal Patron
to represent us in Your Court, and to guide us according to Your wishes.
CROWN
Are there any among the Great Lords and Ladies of Our Realm
that you would request to stand for you?
SHIRE SENESCHAL
Yes, Your Majesties.
has traveled many times to our lands,
and given of their talents and knowledge
to aid in our growth and accomplishments.
We would be pleased if Your Majesties would consider appointing them
as Your representatives in our homeland,
and our voice in Your court.

The Crown shall call the patron forward.

CROWN
We are considering the request of for the appointment of a Royal Patron.
Your name has been advanced for consideration as patron.
Do you understand the obligations, duties, and privileges attendant upon such appointment?
PATRON
Yes, Your Majesty.
CROWN
Are you willing to serve Us in this manner?
PATRON
Yes, Your Majesty.
CROWN
Then it shall be so.
We name Royal Patron for .
PATRON
Your Majesties, I would now swear fealty as Your representative there.

The herald may lead, phrase by phrase.

PATRON
I do now swear fealty unto and , my Liege [Lord and Lady],
to serve as Royal Patron for ,
to obey Their lawful commands in all matters concerning this Realm,
to promote the Arts and Sciences,
to muster the forces of the Shire as Your Majesties have need,
and to present the concerns of the Shire to Your Majesties to the best of my abilities.
So say I, .
KING
And We, for Our part, do swear fealty unto this Royal Patron of An Tir,
that We will protect and defend them and their household with all Our power,
so long as We remain Sovereigns of An Tir.
We also Grant unto them all rights, honors, and privileges due them
as Royal Patron of .
So say We, , King of An Tir.
QUEEN
And so say We, , Queen of An Tir.

And after thanking Their Majesties, the shire will depart, and the herald will exhort the cheers of the people for the shire and the patron.