The Adventures of a Rose Queen®

While many activities for Rose Queen Madison and the 2015 Royal Court centered on the build-up to New Year’s Day, their reign continues long after the float ride down Colorado Boulevard. In addition to representing the Tournament of Roses® at a handful of public events within the greater Pasadena area, Queen Madison – along with Tournament officials – have been busy traveling to various festivals throughout the United States.

From Georgia’s Macon Cherry Blossom Festival to Texas’s Fiesta San Antonio Festival, Queen Madison has taken on the title of “Visiting Royalty,” enjoying various elements of each festival – including riding in their parades.

In between festival events, sightseeing and guided tours, Queen Madison dined in some of San Antonio’s local restaurants with other “Visiting Royalty” in her most recent trip to the Fiesta San Antonio Festival.

In between festival events, sightseeing and guided tours, Queen Madison dined in some of San Antonio’s local restaurants with other “Visiting Royalty” in her most recent trip to the Fiesta San Antonio Festival.

Aside from the thrill of adventure – why do the Rose Queen and Tournament officials travel to other festivals?

Simple. The Tournament of Roses shares a reciprocal relationship with 10 national and international festivals. Through these relationships, Tournament officials are invited to attend festivals and parades, and do so with the focus of looking for ways to continually improve America’s New Year Celebration®.

Where will Queen Madison and the Tournament of Roses travel next? Stay tuned to find out!

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Royal Court Fashion

For 96 years, members of the Tournament of Roses® Royal Court have served as ambassadors to the Association and City of Pasadena. Balancing school, work and extracurricular activities, seven young women are selected each year to represent and serve the community – in style.

While today’s Royal Court receives a wardrobe courtesy of Macy’s and gowns from Tadashi Shoji, the first Rose Queen® and early Royal Court members sewed their own dresses, crafted headdresses and even assisted in building their float!

Reflecting their respective eras through the fashion of their times, Royal Courts have left lasting impressions on millions throughout the Pasadena area. Take a walk through history with these photos showcasing each Royal Court’s unique style.

 

1905 Rose Queen Hallie Woods

1905 Rose Queen Hallie Woods

 

Hallie Woods, the first Rose Queen in 1905, reflected the haute couture movement that was prevalent at the turn of the century. This movement featured an abundance of lace, tight collars and upswept hair.

 

1929 Rose Queen and Royal Court

1929 Royal Court

 

In the 20s, an era marked by the drop-waist “flapper” dress, sheer stockings and bobbed hair, the Royal Court was right in step with the fashions of the time.

 

1951 Rose Queen and Royal Court

1951 Royal Court

 

Wartime courts sported sleek, pared-back styles, while the 1950s brought prim and proper dresses, with tiny waists, lavish skirts and pin-curled hair.

 

1972 Royal Court

1972 Royal Court

 

The 70s brought mod-squad inspired fashions featuring bright colors and playful prints.

 

1989 Royal Court

1989 Royal Court

 

The 80s were filled with big shoulders and equally big hair (no open flames, please!). This was the decade of both the first Asian-American Rose Queen, Leslie Kawai in 1981, and the first African-American Rose Queen, Kristina Smith in 1985.

 

1993 Royal Court

1993 Royal Court

 

After years of form fitting gowns, the 90s styles were more relaxed with a minimal fit and professional style.

 

Regardless of the fashion trends of the era, Royal Court members continue to outshine their wardrobe with poise, personality and confidence making them outstanding representatives of the Tournament of Roses and exceptional role models.

 

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Introducing the 2014 Royal Court

Seven bouquets of red roses were laid out the morning of Monday, October 7, awaiting the seven about-to-be-named Royal Court members. Amid the upbeat music of the Pasadena City College Lancer Band, the air was tense with anticipation as reporters, classmates, and family and friends of the Royal Court finalists filled the south lawn of Tournament House.

Inside the house, the 30 finalists nervously waited for their cues – each clinging to her white suiter escort and grasping a single red rose. Following opening remarks by the Chair of the Queen and Court Committee, Alex Young, they emerged one-by-one to cheers from the crowd and descended the stairs, hoping to hear their name called once more.

The beaming finalists held their breath as Tournament of Roses President Scott Jenkins asked for the envelopes. After a month-long interview process, the wait would soon be over.

Swept up in a wave of shock and excitement upon hearing her name, each princess made her way to the front of the stage. They stood smiling – and shaking – until all seven princesses had been named. Finally, these young women, chosen for their poise, speaking ability, academic achievement, and community involvement, stood before the crowd ready to serve as Tournament of Roses ambassadors:

Jamie Ann Kwong (#24), 17, La Salle High School; Sarah Elizabeth Hansen (#408), 19, Pasadena City College; Ana Marie Acosta (#474), 17, Polytechnic School; Katherine Diane Lipp (#253), 17, La Cañada High School; Elyssia Hadi Widjaja (#86), 17, San Marino High School; Elizabeth Katie Woolf (#254), 17, La Cañada High School; and Kayla Diyana Johnson-Granberry (#446); 17, Pasadena High School.

What’s next for the Royal Court? One of the seven princesses will be announced and crowned as the 96th Rose Queen on Thursday, October 24, at 7 p.m., at First Church of the Nazarene of Pasadena. A limited number of tickets are available for purchase from Sharp Seating Company.

Want to hear more about the 2014 Royal Court? Join us on the official Royal Court Facebook page and follow their journey as they make more than 100 appearances leading up to the Rose Parade presented by Honda and the Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO.

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