Finally!

Saturday was the Midrealm Kingdom’s Spring Coronation, for which I served in several capacities, both on the big day and through months of preparations leading up to it.

All the hard work was worth it. ❀

The weather cooperated gloriously. Camp Christian, near Marysville, Ohio USA, was the site for the event. It provided a beautiful natural background, as well as interesting indoor spaces, for all the activities associated with the event.

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Elevation of Ivan Shishov at the last Royal Court of TRMs King Cellach and Queen Vukasin.

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L to R:Β  Sor Ustad of Ev Korku; Maleachi shortly before he became Court Baron at the later Royal Court; Mary Beth Hobson, whose lovely voice graced our Bardic Circle held later that day.

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On the right, Duke Edmund, who was King when I first started playing in the SCA not quite two years ago.
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Janet VanMeter looking cool and foxy.
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Jessica Shurgin, one of Vorlin’s lovely daughters.
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Her Highness (soon to be Her Majesty) wears a necklace I made her, with green aventurine fan stones and a Viking globe focal bead.

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Masahiro holds Her helmet.
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The Royal War Helmet of Katherine.
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Turtle brooches are always such a hassle. But look at the Royal bling! I think that HRM Katherine’s Viking bling is the best I have ever seen!

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Paulus readies himself to pull Her Royal Chariot, with Masahiro’s help. Paulus made all his garb himself, as well as some complementary garb for his lovely wife and daughter, whose photo I did not manage to get, sadly. 😦

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Is this what they were laughing about in the last photo? On the right is His Royal Majesty King Alric in earlier days, with a lot longer hair! πŸ˜›
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Mistress Gwyneth Banfhidhleir (mka Ginny Beatty), one of HRH’s guard of shieldmaidens. She hails from my home shire, the Marche of Tirnewydd.

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One of my heroes, from my very first SCA event (Red Dragon 2016), the former Baroness Constanza de Mendoza of Cleftlands. She is NOT a person to be trifled with on the battle field or tournament list. And a real sweetheart. Chivalry oozes from her lovely pores. ❀
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Shield maidens hang out while waiting to process into the Presence for the Coronation of Her Royal Highness, Princess Katherine, who will then become Her Royal Majesty, Queen Katherine.

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Ah! To be a shieldmaiden in Queen Katherine’s service! ❀

One of the shieldmaidens is Duchess Katryn, who was Queen of the Midrealm when I joined the SCA in September 2016. I most likely have mangled the spelling of her name.

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L to R: Katherine, the Queen to be, and Katryn, a Queen who was.

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A few more photos, then tomorrow I will write a separate piece about Bardic Outside The Box!

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HRH Katherine’s chariot, in which she will process into the Presence and become Queen.
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Masahiro, chariot-puller and all-round great guy, newly made squire to HRH (now HRM) Alric.
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Andreas, mka Drew Nicholson. I know him for being a member of the band Bardic Storm, though I am sure he wears many other hats.
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A very chivalrous and hard-working guard outside the Royalty Room whose name I forgot to get!
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The people in the very center are TRMs King Cellach and Queen Vukasin.
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The beauteous photographer Jessica Van Hattem! ❀

My photos are from events leading up to the actual coronation of Alric and Katherine during the last Royal Court of TRMs King Cellach and Queen Vukasin. I had to take off before the coronation took place in order to set up my class on Women in the Viking Age.

Here I am dashing away from the coronation site beside the pond where Morning Court was held, phone cam in hand. Talk about goofy-looking! πŸ˜› Photo by Tina Smith:

me in transit at Midrealm Spring Coronation May 5, 2018 photo by Tina Smith