ORDER OF THE ROSE
The Order of the Rose for the SCA was founded January 6, 1968 (A.S. II) by Queen Sheryl of Thespis (now known as Countess Amina Sherana de Talavera*) to honor those who had been Queen/Consort or who had been the lady to a fighter who had won one of the first tourneys when there were no queens. Today, this Order exists throughout the Known World.
The Order of the Rose was intended to include all Royals who ruled as Queen/Consort. Over the years, different kingdoms have altered this and made it a polling order. However, Caid has remained true to the original intention. We include those who have ruled as Queen/Consort or territorial Princess, not only of Caid but we also extend the courtesy to former Queen/Consort and Territorial Princesses who have moved to Caid.
In the Caidan Coronation ceremony, when the reigning Queen/Consort steps down and becomes a Countess, the newly-crowned Queen/Consort presents them with a yellow rose, which is the traditional symbol of a Queen/Consort in the SCA.
As the new member received a golden rose when they stepped up, they now receive it as a token of their inclusion in the SCA-wide Order, with the words, “Be welcomed into the Order of the Rose, whose token this is.”
Caid’s Ladies of the Rose represent decades of experience in the SCA and provide a valuable resource.
One of the most important events the Ladies of the Rose sponsor is the annual Valkyrie Rose Tourney* .
ROSE LIAISON – Dutchess Mora de Buchanan*
The Rose Liaison handles all official business relating to the Order of the Rose in Caid, especially correspondence, as well as regalia storage and delivery.
ROSE WEBWRIGHT – Conptesse Luciana Maria Novella Di Carlo*
The Rose Webwright updates the Caidian Roses web site and its Wiki page. Please send all pictures and corrections to her.
ROSE WREATHS – Comptesse Albra Katerine Marie Isabelle Bautiste*
Organizer of the assembly, materials and constructions of the wreaths for Crown Tournaments.
VALKYRIE ROSE TOURNEY – Countess Trifona Anastasiia Dodovicha*
Organizer of the Valkyrie Rose Tourney held at Great Western War
NEW CAIDIAN CROWNS PROJECT
Knowing the surpassing skill of Caid’s artisans, it was the desire of the Ladies of the Rose to highlight them through the creation of an additional set of crowns to compliment those already part of the Royal Regalia. The new crowns were completed in 2014
TEA IN HONOR OF THE CROWN PRINCESS
Traditionally, the Crown Princess is honored by the Ladies of the Rose in Caid at an afternoon gathering hosted by her “grandmama” (the current Queen’s predecessor.) This is a time for the Ladies of the Rose to reminisce about Caid’s history and share their assembled wit and wisdom with the Crown Princess.
WREATHS FOR CROWN TOURNEY
The Ladies of the Rose prepare the rose and rosemary wreaths which are bestowed upon the victor of the Lists and his/her consort. At Closing Court, the Ladies of the Rose come forward and present roses to the assembled royalty.
QUEEN’S CHAMPION PROCESSION
Customarily, the Queen invites all the Ladies of the Rose present at the Queen’s Champion Tourney (the day after Coronation) to accompany Her as she processes around the field to greet Her new subjects.
When a Queen becomes a Countess or Duchess, she is entitled to a procession which often includes Ladies of the Rose whom she chooses to accompany her and participate in the ceremony.
One of main projects that the Caidan Roses oversee is the care, refurbishment, and retirement of the Kingdom Regalia. The Kingdom Regalia Officer is Viscountess Lorissa du Griffin*.
Hosting the Valkyrie Rose Tournament* at GWW.
CROWN PRINTS PRIZE TOURNEY
The Ladies of the Rose support the efforts of the Chronicler’s Office by providing raffle baskets that cover a wide range of SCA interests.
One of the most challenging (and rewarding) positions in the SCA is that of a reigning monarch. Below is a copy of the newly revised Royal Court Handbook, which is given to incoming Caidian Crown Princesses to help prepare them for the reign. It incorporates previous versions of the Princess’ Handbook and Chamberlain’s Handbook. It is a worthwhile read if you are dreaming of some day ascending the Dolphin Throne or serving on the Royal Court. Click HERE to view the pdf of the Royal Court Handbook ver 3.0.