Ceremony for creating a

Duke *or* Duchess


Herald:  Now let ____________________ come before Their Majesties.


Named person come forward and kneel, any attendants kneel to one side.  If it a Duchess, she should be accompanied by the lord with whom she reigned


Herald:  May it please Your Majesties, Your loyal subject ______________________, having served as [King/Queen] a second time makes bold to come before you.  [He/She] has ruled with grace and dignity, striving ever to be just and honorable in all of [his/her] deeds, and to all of [his/her] subjects.    Through [his/her] efforts, they have earned the rank and title of [Duke/Duchess].


On this occasion [of Your Coronation], ____________________ here stands before You to be invested in this high rank.


King:  We, __________________ and ______________________, King and Queen of the Outlands, do recognize the great feats and deeds and the long standing service of this noble [lord/lady] and the justice of their claim.

His Majesty takes up the coronet, if there is one.


Therefore do We proclaim you, __________________________, [Duke/Duchess].

If it is a Duke being created, the His Majesty places the coronet (if any) on his head.


If it is a Duchess being created, the His Majesty hands the coronet to the Queen, who hands it to the lord who reigned with her, and says:


Queen:  ______________________________, with your skill and valor on the field of combat, you brought your lady to the throne.  It is Our wish that you now bring to her the symbol of her estate.


Lord:  Thank you, it would be my honor.


Lord:  As it was my delight to win for you the Crown of the Outlands, so it is my joy to have you created a Duchess.

Places the coronet on her head.


King:  Arise, Your Grace!  Let the scrolls be read!


Herald:  Reads the scrolls, or text below:


We, ______________________ and ________________________, King and Queen of the Outlands, to all and singular send Greetings.

Whereas _____________________ has, [as a result of [his/her] great valor on the field of honor] [ through the valor of [his/her] champion], ruled twice as a [King/Queen] in this Realm,

We do this day acknowledge [him/her] a [Duke/Duchess].  we hereby affirm those Arms granted by Letters Patent by the College of Arms, to wit:  <BLAZON> for [Duke/Duchess} ______________'s sole and unique use throughout the lands of the Known World as a symbol of [his/her] high rank. 

By Our hands this __ day of _________, Anno Societatis _____, being ______ Gregorian.

______________________, King   _____________________, Queen



Herald:  For [Duke/Duchess] ________________________, HIP, HIP... (3 cheers)


Herald:  You have Their Majesties' leave to depart.