HERALD: (Name)_______________, (Office)_______________, has business before 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 _______________.
KING or QUEEN: We accept your desire to resign your office, and 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 witness the oath of the new officer.
HERALD: Let (Name of new officer)_______________ come before Their Majesties.
And the new officer will come and kneel before Their Majesties.
HERALD: (Name)_______________, Their Majesties have chosen you to succeed to the office of _______________. Are you prepared to undertake the tasks and responsibilities of that Lesser Office of State, to serve the Kingdom and people of An Tir, and to swear fealty to Their Majesties?
OFFICER: I am.
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, and to his 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: Henceforth be (name of office)_______________ of the Kingdom of An Tir.
HERALD will exhort the cheers of the populace as the new officer takes his place.
NOTES FOR THE HERALD
Find out the name and titles of the outgoing officer and the incoming officer.
Remind Their Majesties that they might want to think of something nice to say to the outgoing officer.
Check with Their Majesties as to whether the outgoing officer will be permitted to recommend a successor as part of the ceremony. If so, make sure that the outgoing officer knows to do this.
Some of the Lesser Officers of State do have tokens of office. Check with the outgoing officer to find out if the particular office being transferred does have such tokens, and if it does, use the appropriate portions from the Great Office of State ceremony to effect the transfer of those items.
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