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How do I apply to be on the Royal Court?

Those interested in participating in Royal Court Interviews must submit an application form PRIOR to their initial interview. Please login to the Royal Court Application Portal and register a valid email and password. Upon successful registration, you may proceed to the Royal Court Application form. Please complete the application form completely and accurately before submitting.

What are the benefits of being on the Royal Court?

Become an ambassador to an organization dedicated to hands-on volunteerism and discover opportunities to connect with and give back to your local community. Develop your public speaking and grow your self-confidence. Receive a financial educational scholarship, wardrobe for appearances, and public speaking class credit. Make lifelong friendships and become a role model for others.

Who selects the Royal Court?

Eleven official volunteer members of the Tournament of Roses who have been appointed to serve on the "Queen & Court Committee." The committee members, and their spouse or significant other, also serve as chaperones for all Royal Court activities and appearances.

What should I expect at the initial interview session?

If you have not filled out an application prior to coming to the initial interview session, you will need to do so upon arrival. If you have already registered and submitted a Royal Court application, you may proceed to check-in upon arrival and be assigned a interview number to retain anonymity. There will be a brief orientation session before you are directed to make your introduction to the Queen and Court Committee. Former Royal Court members will be available answer questions, and tours of Tournament House will also be offered. You should plan to spend two to three hours at your initial interview.

What should I say during my initial interview?

You have 15 seconds in front of the Queen & Court Committee to state your interview number and tell them why you want to be on the Royal Court. The Queen and Court Committee will not ask you any questions nor will they ask you to begin speaking.

What happens after the initial interview?

Following the initial interview sessions, the Queen & Court Committee will meet and determine who to invite for the second round of interviews. Approximately 250 applicants are asked to return. Third round interviews are then narrowed to about 75 applicants, and then to approximately 25 Royal Court Finalists, from whom the seven Royal Court members are selected.

How will I know if I am to attend the next round?

Shortly following each round of interviews, applicants are notified by email if they are invited to participate in the next round of interviews.

What is the Queen & Court Committee looking for?

Applicants are selected based on a wide range of qualities including youth leadership, public speaking ability, academic achievement, and community and school involvement.

What should I wear to Royal Court Interviews?

Wear something you feel comfortable in and reflects your personality. There are no specific attire requirements, but you should note that you are trying to make a good first impression.

What is the Royal Ball?

The Royal Ball is a semi-formal dance hosted by the Pasadena Tournament of Roses. Only those who participate in the Royal Court Interviews are invited to attend.

Does it cost money to be on the Royal Court?

No. It does not cost money to participate in the interview process or if you are selected as a member of the Royal Court.

If I have participated in Royal Court Interviews before, should I participate again?

Yes. The Queen & Court Committee and pool of applicants change from year to year, and previous experience can help you feel more at ease during the interview process. Many former members of the Royal Court have participated more than once.

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