1958 Royal Court
It was in 1958, 53 years after the first Feast of Lanterns celebration was held in Pacific Grove, the first Royal Court reigned over the Pacific Grove Feast of Lanterns. From 1958 through 1964, the young women who participated were part of the Miss Monterey County pageant, and Queen Topaz also held the title of Miss Pacific Grove. Queen Topaz 1962 went on to participate in the Miss California pageant, won, and went on to compete in the Miss America pageant. These pageants provided the college scholarship fund and schooled the young women in public speaking and community service. The traditions of the Royal Court as set forth in 1958 as part of an organization designed to assist young women prepare for their future continues today.
In 1987, the Board of Directors established the Royal Court Scholarship Fund and created a process by which the community and the Board select the Royal Court from a group of middle and high school age applicants.
In 2016 and 2017, Chang and the Royal Guard were added to provide the same opportunity for more young people in our community to serve as an ambassador of Pacific Grove along with Queen Topaz and the Princesses.
The traditions and purpose of the Feast of Lanterns are held near and dear to the residents of Pacific Grove: To further and enhance the culture, history, and heritage of Pacific Grove through civic and cultural activities including the annual Feast of Lanterns festival. The Board of Directors and community members select the Royal Court and Guard each year with seriousness of purpose, because it is the responsibility of the Board, the Royal Court and the Royal Guard to keep whole the purpose and traditions of the Pacific Grove Feast of Lanterns.
All applicants go through the same interview process. Queen Topaz is head of the Royal Court of six princeses. Chang is the head of the Royal Guard and there are four positions on the Royal Guard. This means that there will be a Royal Court with Queen Topaz with six Princess of various gemstones. The Royal Guard of four Guards, who represent animals and elements, is led by Chang. The Royal Guard are the knights and the court is the royalty. In addition, the Royal Guard will learn to perform a martial arts demonstration and take part in the pageant. It is a perfect way to give young men and women a role in this hometown tradition.
The responsibilities and commitment required of the Royal Court, Royal Guard, and their families include time, energy and the ability to represent Pacific Grove in a positive manner at all times. Before applying, review the information included in the application package. Discuss with your family what is required of you and your family. We want to be sure that you understand the commitment you are making and the responsibilities you are accepting before you apply to be a member of the Royal Court or Royal Guard.
All applicants need to submit an application packet and go through the interview process. All individuals chosen are expected to fulfill the same obligations and will earn the same scholarship.
The Information Meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 6th, 2018 from 5:30- 6:30 pm.
This meeting is mandatory for at least one parent or guardian of any applicant for the Feast of Lanterns Royal Court and the Royal Guard. The meeting will outline the commitments and responsibilities required of a Royal Court or Guard member, including the preliminary calendar (subject to change as events are added). Please bring any questions you may have to this meeting as there will be a question and answer session following. The applications to serve of the Royal Court and Royal Guard are due by 5:00 pm on February 23, 2018. They will be posted on this website on March 15, 2018.
Pacific Grove Community Center
515 Junipero Avenue
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Tuesday February 6, 2018
5:30 - 6:30 pm
If you have any questions, please go to the "Contact Us" page and contact the Vice President through our message form.