Change of Greater Officers of State
Ceremonial of the Kingdom of An Tir
Version: 12th Night, XXXVII (2003)

HERALD: (Name) _______________, (Office) _______________, has business with Their Majesties.

The officer will come and kneel before Their Majesties.

HERALD: What is your business with Their Majesties?

OFFICER: I have come to resign my office of _______________. I here return unto Your Majesties the symbols of my office, and commend to Your consideration as my successor _______________.

The retiring officer will return the Baton of Office and other symbols of office which s/he may have received.

KING: We thank you for your service to the Kingdom and people of An Tir.

The retiring officer may be given leave to depart, or may be invited to stay and witness the oath of the new officer.

HERALD: Let (New officer)_______________ come before Their Majesties.

The new officer will come and kneel before Their Majesties.

HERALD: (New officer) _______________, Their Majesties have chosen you to succeed to the office of _______________. Are you prepared to undertake the tasks and responsibilities of that Great Office of State, to serve the Kingdom and people of An Tir, and to swear fealty to Their Majesties?


HERALD: Do you now swear fealty to _______________ and _______________, your undoubted King and Queen, that you will faithfully discharge your office, obeying Their Majesties' lawful commands in all matters that concern this Realm, upholding the Crown and Kingdom of An Tir, and mindful that the harmony of the Kingdom springs from your own deeds, that you will deal courteously with those of every degree so long as Their Majesties remain sovereigns of An Tir?

OFFICER: I so swear.

KING: And We, for Our part, swear fealty to this officer of An Tir, and to all who serve under him/her, and to his/her household, to protect and defend them with all Our power, so long as We remain Sovereigns of An Tir. So say We, _______________, King of An Tir.

QUEEN: And We, _______________, Queen of An Tir.

KING: Then take from Our hands these symbols of office, and bear them in good and faithful service to the Kingdom of An Tir. Henceforth be (Office)_______________ of the Kingdom of An Tir.

KING will give the Baton of Office and whatever other symbols of office he chooses to the new officer.

And the HERALD will exhort the cheers of the populace as the new officer departs to his/her place.

Check to see that the out-going officer has brought his/her symbols of office.
Check to see that Their Majesties will be appointing the recommended replacement.

SCA Herald's office badge: Vert, two crossed trumpets Or. Back to the An Tir College of Heralds

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Updated: September 26, 2003