Investiture of Baronial Coronet

Ceremonial of the Kingdom of An Tir

Version: Yule, LIII (2018)

If the outgoing Coronet are not already in court the herald shall call them forth:

HERALD
and have business in this Court.

And when they arrive:

SOVEREIGN
What is your business before Us?

Releasing from fealty

If there is no release of fealty, skip this.

OUTGOING CORONET
Your Majesties, we have served as Your representatives in the Barony of with joy,
but now we are weary and are come to be relieved of this burden.
CONSORT
We understand your desires, and we are grateful for your service.
Have you released all those in fealty to you?
CORONET
We have, Your Majesties.

If a negative response, the outgoing coronet shall stand and face their populace. They shall speak the words which release those in fealty to them:

CORONET
As we leave our position as [Baron and Baroness] of
we thank you for your good and faithful service
to us and to the people of our Barony.
We do here release you from your oaths of fealty,
that you may be free to continue in service to our successors.
We ask you to give them the same dedication and loyalty
which you have shown us until now.
You members of the Order of Sergeantry have served us well.
We do here release you now from our service, into the keeping of Their Majesties.
We charge you to serve our successors, with the same dedication and loyalty in service.

When they have finished, they turn and kneel again before Their Majesties.

Resignation

CORONET
Your Majesties, we have been honored to serve Your Kingdom
and the people of as [Baron and Baroness],
but it is now time for us to resign this service
and render the Barony into Your care and keeping.

And here they shall remove their coronets and other regalia as appropriate, and offer them to the Crown, who hand them to retainers.

SOVEREIGN
We here grant your request for relief of your duties as [Baron and Baroness] of .
Though we are loathe to lose such servants as you have been to us,
we release you from your oaths of fealty.

If the Crown will NOT be making them Baron and/or Baroness of the court, they shall be given leave to depart, and the following shall be skipped.

Court Barony

CROWN (Either person)
It would please us to style you [Baron/Baroness] of Our Court.
Will you accept this honor from Our Hands?

Upon an affirmative reply, the herald shall read the scroll. If no scroll has been prepared, the following may be read:

HERALD
Hear now the words of the Crown:
Take heed all people of the Knowne World, that We,
and , [Sovereign and Consort] of An Tir,
do take unto Ourselves Our prerogative
to honor those of Our subjects who have pleased us
with the title and estate of [Baron/Baroness].
Henceforth let it be known
that does now hold the title of [Baron/Baroness] of the Court of An Tir,
with all the rights and privileges of this rank.
By Our hand and seal on
this day of , Anno Societatis , being Gregorian.
, Sovereign of An Tir , Consort of An Tir

If there has been a coronet prepared for the new Baron and/or Baroness, the Crown shall place it upon their head.

CROWN
Wear this coronet, bearing the sign of the Kingdom of An Tir,
as symbol of your estate as [Baron/Baroness] in this realm.

The Crown will congratulate the new Baron/Baroness and the HERALD will exhort the cheers of the populace.

Incoming Coronet

The branch representative shall then address Their Majesties

BARONY SENESCHAL
Your Majesties, we ask that you name a new [Baron and Baroness] to be Your representative in our homeland.
SOVEREIGIN
Herald, call forth the ones We have Chosen to be our presence in the Barony of .
HERALD
and , Their Majesties invite your presence in Their Court.

When they have arrived:

HERALD
and ,
Their Majesties do here invite your service to Their Barony and Kingdom.
Will you accept from them the title and responsibilities of [Baron and Baroness] of ,
and will you swear fealty to the Crown of An Tir for this Barony?
NEW CORONET
We will.
HERALD
Right mindful that you will be the representatives of the Crown of An Tir,
do you understand that you will be responsible
for the defense, nurturing and well-being of this Barony?
NEW CORONET
We do.

Placing the coronet on the new Baron's head, the Crown shall say:

SOVEREIGN
I, , Sovereign of An Tir,
do now name you, , [Baron] ,
to stand in Our place in all matters ceremonial.
Wear this coronet as symbol of your title
and of the responsibility you bear.

Placing the coronet on the new Baroness' head, the Consort says:

CONSORT
I, , Consort of An Tir,
do now name you, , [Baroness] ,
to stand in Our place in all matters ceremonial.
Wear this coronet as symbol of your title
and of the responsibility you bear.
SOVEREIGN
Bring forth the Sword of State.

The CHAMPION will come forward with the SWORD OF STATE. The CROWN will lay their hands under it and the CORONET will lay their hands over the hands of the Crown.

HERALD
Do you now swear fealty for the Barony of ,
to and ,
your Liege [Lord and Lady],
that you will obey their lawful commands in all matters that concern this Realm,
that you will uphold the Crown and Kingdom of An Tir,
and mindful that the harmony of your Barony and 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?
CORONETS
I so swear.
SOVEREIGN
And We for Our part do swear to this [Baron and Baroness] of
and to their Barony,
and their households,
to protect and defend them with all Our power
so long as We remain Sovereigns of An Tir.
So say We, , Sovereign of An Tir.
CONSORT
And so say We, , Consort of An Tir.

The CORONET will stand and face the populace.

HERALD
Be it known to the people of An Tir
that and will henceforth be known
as [Baron and Baroness] of .

Exhort cheers

Here the officers and the sergeantry may swear fealty to the new coronet according to baronial custom, or it may take place at a later (baronial) court.