How to Start and End a Court
Date Written: May, 1986
Last Updated: Summer, 2016
Author: William the Lucky

Policy Level: Informational
Intended Audience: Court Heralds
Abstract: How to begin and close courts, with examples for Crown, Principality and Baronial Courts. Some minor changes to the bits on closing courts, based on current Kingdom Policy. Check the Cover Pages for the West Kingdom Ceremony Book for the proper (and current) forms of closing court.

The beginning of a court (with or without an entrance procession of those presiding) usually follows a relatively set formula. The formula serves to get the populace ready to listen, as well as adding to the general pomp and circumstance of the occasion. If there is no entrance procession, the court will begin with those presiding seated at the front.


In the last analysis, the Royalty will process if They feel like it. However, there are times when it is appropriate, and others when it is not (just in case They ask your advice):

The purpose of the procession is to let everyone get a close-up look at their Sovereigns and, in effect, introduce Them to anyone who does not already know Them. It also allows the Princes and Princesses to be presented to the Crown if They are at a Kingdom event, and lets Them greet the King and Queen if They attend a Principality or local event.

1 pro cess' (verb): To enter court in a procession. Usually prior to the start of business, although it can be used for marching in a Grand March (which is then the first item of business).



(The following are basic guidelines, not fixed ceremonies. Be sure you understand what the Royalty wants before starting. When in doubt, ask them!)