Investiture Ceremony

(This version of the ceremony invests the new King and Queen at the same time)

Herald: ________ and ________Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Avacal has business before this court.
(Crown Prince comes forward with the Crown Princess to make his claim upon the coronet which may go like this or can be personalized. The ceremony is reversed)

Crown Prince: On the __ day of ________ in the year AS ____, you did hold a tournament to determine who would succeed to the Thrones of Avacal. In the end, I did stand victorious upon the field of battle that day. Thus do I, by right of combat with ________, who, by her grace and beauty, inspired me to victory, claim that what is ours by right of arms and the laws and customs of this land the crowns of Avacal.
(If there is to be some drama, e.g. King trying to hold onto his throne etc. this is a good place for it. But eventually…)

King: We hear your claims and find them just. I now call forward my champions. What say you regarding the claim of ________ to the crowns of Avacal?
(Each of the Champions of Avacal comes forward and make champion's gauges of the populous challenging anyone to make claim against the prospective royalty. Champions are encouraged to personalize these, brandish weapons and be suitably dramatic, but, for example the Champion of sword could say)

Champion of Sword: I, ________Champion of Sword, do declare that ________ and ________'s claims are just. (They hurl a gauntlet or other symbol to the ground.)Be there anyone who would challenge the right of ________ and ________to the crowns of Avacal?

Champion of Arrows: I, ________Champion of Arrows, do declare that _______ and ________'s claims are just. (They hurl a gauntlet or other symbol to the ground.) Be there anyone who would challenge the right of ________ and ________to the crowns of Avacal?

Champion of Rapier: I, ________Champion of Rapier, do declare that ________ and ________'s claims are just. (They hurl a gauntlet or other symbol to the ground.) Be there anyone who would challenge the right of ________ and ________to the crowns of Avacal?

Champion of Arts & Sciences: I, ________Champion of Arts & Sciences, do declare that ________ and ________'s claims are just. (They hurl a gauntlet or other symbol to the ground.) Be there anyone who would challenge the right of ________ and ________to the crowns of Avacal?

King: (to Crown Prince) Your claims have been acknowledged. Step forward ________and ________ and claim that which is yours by right of arms. (Champion offers sword of state to swear upon)

Herald: Do you now swear fealty to serve and protect the Kingdom and populace of Avacal to the utmost of your power and govern it's peoples according to the laws and customs of Avacal? That you will cause Law and Justice, in mercy to be executed in all your judgments and set an example of honor to all, so long as you remain King and Queen of Avacal?

Crown Prince and Princess: I so swear

King: ________, mindful of your prowess in the crown lists and the grace of your inspiration, in accordance with the laws and customs of Avacal, we name you King and Queen of Avacal.
(Place crowns. Drape cloaks. The new King and Queen turn and face out from the thrones

Herald: People of Avacal, behold King ________ and Queen________, the undoubted Sovereigns of Avacal . Long live King ________and Queen _______!!
(The past King and Queen bow to the new King and Queen and process out of court with their retinue following)

Herald: Three cheers for the new King and Queen of Avacal.
(Oaths of Fealty for Champions)

Herald: Champions of Avacal, present yourselves before your rightful King and Queen.
(Pause to allow Champion to come forth.)

Herald: Do you know swear fealty to _____________ and _____________, your undoubted King and Queen, that you will support and defend them and Avacal from all harm or strife so long as Their Majesties remain King and Queen of Avacal?

Champions: I so swear

King or Queen: And we for our part do swear that we shall do all in our power to protect and defend you and to serve our lands, so long as we remain King and Queen of Avacal.

King: So say we, _____________Rex Avacal.

Queen: So say we, _____________ Regina Avacal.

King or Queen: Champions of Avacal take your rightful place in our court.
(You should run through the Oath of Fealty for the Populace after this.)