Feast of Lanterns

Feast of Lanterns Application

Royal Court & Royal Guard

Important Dates:

  • Feb 13, 2020:
    Parent(s)/Guardians(s) Information Meeting - 6:00 to 7:00 pm at the Pacific Grove Community Center
  • Feb 26, 2020:
    Interviews Prep Circle for the Royal Court - 7:00 to 6:00 pm at the Pacific Grove Community Center
  • Mar 7, 2020:
    Interviews for the Royal Court - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Pacific Grove Community Center
  • TBD:
    The Feast of Lanterns Royal Court - 6:00 pm at Canterbury Woods
1958 Queen and her court

1958 Royal Court


It was in 1958, 53 years after the first Feast of Lanterns celebration was held in Pacific Grove, that 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 college scholarship funds and schooled the young women in public speaking and community service. The traditions of the Royal Court set forth in 1958 as part of an organization designed to assist young women in preparing for their futures continue 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 ambassadors of Pacific Grove along with Queen Topaz and the Princesses.

The traditions and purpose of the Feast of Lanterns are held near and dear by the residents of Pacific Grove: to 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 each year with seriousness of purpose, because it is the responsibility of the Board and the Royal Court to keep whole the traditions of the Pacific Grove Feast of Lanterns.

Royal Court

All applicants go through the same interview process.  Queen/King Topaz is head of the Royal Court, and each princess/prince represents a different gemstone.

Responsibilities and Commitment

The responsibilities and commitment required of the Royal Court 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 packet. 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.

Eligibility to submit a Royal Court Application

  • Those who are in grades 8 through 12 at the time the application is due.
  • Those whose primary residence is in the Pacific Grove Unified School District, although they are not required to attend a Pacific Grove public school.

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.

Parent(s)/Guardian(s) Information Meeting

The Information Meeting will be held on February 13, 2020 from 6:00- 7:00 pm.

This meeting is mandatory for the applicant and at least one parent or guardian of any applicant for the Feast of Lanterns Royal Court. The meeting will outline the commitments and responsibilities required of a Royal Court 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 28, 2020. They were posted on this website on February 1, 2020.

Pacific Grove Community Center
515 Junipero Avenue
Pacific Grove, CA 93950

February 13, 2020
6:00 - 7:00 pm

If you have any questions, please use the "Contact Us" page.