Help & Royal Court FAQs

How do I apply to be on the Royal Court?

Those interested in participating in the Royal Court Tryouts must submit an application form prior to their initial interview. Please log in to the Royal Court Application Portal and register a valid email and password. Upon successful registration, you will receive and email with further instruction to log in.

Once you've logged in, you'll see an application link both on the top and side menus. Please complete the application form completely and accurately before submission.

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 spouses 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 tryout session, you will need to do so when you arrive. We strongly encourage you to complete the application online prior to your arrival at the initial interview session. You will check-in up on arrival and be assigned a badge number to retain anonymity. There will be a brief orientation session before you are directed to make your introduction to the selection committee. One or more former Royal Court members will be available to help answer your questions, and tours of Tournament House will 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 badge number and tell them why you want to be on the Royal Court. The selection 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 young women are asked to return. Third round interviews are then narrowed to about 75 participants, 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, participants 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 evaluated on a wide range of qualities including poise, personality, speaking ability and overall demeanor. Academic achievement is also a factor.

What should I wear to the initial interview session?
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 on the Queen & Court Committee members.

Why should I participate in the Royal Court Tryouts?

Whether or not you are selected as a member of the Royal Court, participants often find the experience rewarding and enjoyable. Participants have the opportunity to meet previous Royal Court members, make new friends, learn about Pasadena’s tradition of the Tournament of Roses and be a part of history. Participants also receive a ticket for two to attend the Royal Ball.

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 Tryouts are invited to attend.

Does it cost money to be on the Royal Court?

No. If you are selected as a member of the Royal Court, you will receive a small educational scholarship, wardrobe for your appearances, professional hair styling, make-up application and instruction, and transportation to and from Royal Court activities.

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

Yes. The Queen & Court Committee and pool of participants 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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