THE ROYAL COURT OF RHEYNLAND

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THE ROYAL COURT OF RHEYNLAND

The royal court pertains to the royal household as its extension, and a primary sociable governmental construct. The court covers a wide range of individuals, from courtiers, artisans, scribes, event administrates, and far more. It remains as a most essential way of sociability and rise in society for any citizenry wishing to dabble within. The court, in its new reforms and revitalization under the Lord King Richard, has been primarily headed by the Princess Edith de Retford, Lady Meredith de Retford, and Lady Viviana Vlaculesti.

Outline;
I. The Court Council
II. General Positions
III. Common Etiquette
IV. Conclusion


THE COURT COUNCIL
At the head of the royal court is the council, to preside over –in generalization– decisions, reforms, events, directing dual foreign revelry, and other palatial ongoings. They direct the courtiers in a general culture and assist in upholding the etiquette of those presiding within the court. The following positions are those seated on the council;

ROYAL FAMILY
The Lord King and Lady Queen, along with Princes and Princesses of Rheynland, hold a primary seat on the council to inflict the desired visions and ideals of the court. Their involvement and role in the court is upon their personal decision (and thus not particularly defined), but remains vital throughout.

As of 20 AC, the royal family is as follows;
His Majesty the Lord King, Richard de Retford
His Highness the Prince Roland de Retford
His Highness the Prince Alfred de Retford
Her Highness the Princess Edith de Retford

CHAMBERLAIN – Lady Meredith de Retford (20 AC)
As the head of the courtly establishment, the Chamberlain leads the court and furthermore the council at the behest of the Lord King, Lady Queen, or their royal children’s wishes. They are assisted by the courtly second-in-command, the High Lord / Lady of the Court, whilst maintaining their other duties.

HIGH LORD / LADY OF THE COURT – Lady Viviana Vlaculesti (20 AC)
The High Lord / Lady of the Court is second in command and primary assistant to the Chamberlain in all palatial matters. They are to help oversee the ongoings of court itself and maintain a general upkeep, as well as assigning tasks to court councillors, courtiers, or any others within the realm of court life. They too are to assist in the introducing of anyone into court-life.

MASTER OF REVELRY – VACANT
The councillor in charge of the hosting and organization of internal gatherings, events, and other revelry in the palace or the court directly, is appointed as Master of Revelry. Beneath the Master of Revelry are their appointed event administrates, whom the MoR may assign projects to or as hosts. They work alongside, if preferred, the chamberlain and too the Revels Emissary. They are to act as a tutor to any wishing to learn how to host events and as a director of any others who desire to assist in event-work. The Master of Revelry may host but is not limited to; balls, masquerades, tea parties, tournaments, jousts, etcetera.

REVELS EMISSARY – VACANT
In order to further assure strength in diplomacy, the Revels Emissary is first and foremost responsible for meeting with other administrators of events in foreign countries; to furthermore discuss dual or common-ground events hosted by both (or more) countries. For foreign ambassadors and diplomats visiting the kingdom, the Revels Emissary is charged with the duties of ensuring their most comfortable stay.


GENERAL POSITIONS
The general positions of the royal court remain as its majority; and thus, the most vital body of the court itself. These people range from a variety of skills and abilities, from musicians, artisans, or simply courtiers meandering about palatial ongoings. These positions span across those virtuoso in court life to newcomers, and are limited to none.

COURTIERS
A courtier, in most simplistic terminology, is that of a person who attends the royal court. All those involved in the court are considered a courtier, but may dabble in other positions (yet not required to if not preferred). Courtiers are asked to converse with the council or other courtiers to participate in the various courtly activities, which may include but are not limited to: attending courtly / palatial events, creating and bringing forth new event ideas, tending to the royal family (i.e. ladies-in-waiting, see THE ROYAL HOUSEHOLD missive for further information), frequenting court (when hosted by the Lord King or other appointed official), and conversing with other courtiers and the Court Council. Those upon the Court Council may assign specific tasks to courtiers if requested.

EVENT ADMINISTRATES
Event Administrates are appointed by the Master of Revelry. This position requires individuals that are of creative nature and thought, and have an eagerness to learn how to host an event or a prior education in doing so. They are a committee under the Master of Revelry, to create, host, and promote events in the kingdom. Promoting events can be (but is not limited to) the handing out of flyers, assigning scribes to create a missive regarding the event, or going about the royal city (i.e. public places such as the tavern) and its respective vassals to inform others of the events through conversation.

SCRIBES
The scribes are most vital in their presence amidst the general court. At all times is the court in request of scribes to assist in the writing of missives for reforms, initiatives, event posts, etcetera. Courtiers who hold the position of scribe are too tasked with writing books and records regarding royal individuals or other notable figures amidst the court, as well as any other literary means to assist in the record-keeping of court-life and history.

PALATIAL STAFF
As in reference to THE ROYAL HOUSEHOLD documentation scribed by Lady Meredith de Retford, the palace staff (and furthermore staff of the royal household) consist primarily of: attendees, ladies-in-waiting, pages, cooks, and servantry. If seeking further information on the aforementioned section of court, seek the Chamberlain for instruction or reference the prior mentioned writing.


COMMON ETIQUETTE
The etiquette of the Rheynish Royal Court is defined loosely as a set of mannerisms (and furthermore rules) to be or become well-versed within when presenting oneself amidst the courtly affairs. Whilst exterior to court-life, etiquette must still be maintained and of high priority in one’s mind as a representative and extension of the court. Further and more intensive etiquette will be documented at a later date for those wishing to delve more so into the subject, and inquiries concerning it may be brought forth to members of the Court Council.

TITLES & ADDRESSMENT
Proper salutations, and furthermore addressment, is the most vital tool in conveying respect. It too begins one’s conversation and furthers its development. In court, one must be aware of general titles and henceforth the addressment of presented individuals to pursue palatial ongoings. Thus, “my lady” and “my lord” can substitute in most cases as seen below, if one is unaware of the particular titles of those surrounding them or if new to the court. When addressing a royal, courtiers and any others presenting themselves are to curtsy or bow, or subsequently lowly bow their heads.

The Lord King;
In Oration: Your Majesty
In Writing: His Majesty
And may be followed by “my lord”

The Lady Queen
In Oration: Your Majesty
In Writing: Her Majesty
And may be followed by “my lady”

Princes
In Oration: Your Highness
In Writing: Her Highness
And may be followed by “my lord”

Princesses
In Oration: Your Highness
In Writing: Her Highness
And may be followed by “my lady”

Lady / Lord Chamberlain
In Oration: Your Ladyship
In Writing: Her Ladyship
And may be followed by “my lady” or “my lord”

To note; those of the Privy Council and Court Council shall be addressed as would one akin to a noble, in the manner of “my lord” for any man who sits upon the Court Council and “my lady” for any woman who is appointed to the council. The aforementioned with concern to councillors can be used as a guideline for addressing nobility as well. Members of the City Council may be addressed as “Your Excellency”, and furthermore “Miss [surname]” or “Mister [surname]”.

BRIEFING ON FASHION
Fashion remains as a materialistic staple of court-life; inspired by the strong cultural values of the Nornish people, and the late Lady Queen Saoirse and her daughter, Princess Edith. Most notably is that of furs upon the shoulders and the cuffs of one’s sleeves for both men and women. For women, sleeves of most intricate design are preferable to present the acquired seamstress’s artwork. Colors of black and yellow are of highest fashion to represent one’s country, but too the color of red in honor of Queen Saoirse’s often donning of it and her notable ruby locket. Hair, in short, is to be well-kept and groomed for men (including that of facial hair); and for women, braids are highly popular amidst the ladies or various updos.

GENERAL REVELRY
Events held in the palace walls (e.g. balls, masquerades, dinners, parties, etcetera) are where all courtiers must pay an intensive eye on their mannerisms, as it is a time for one to present themselves formally and in the best respects possible to other members of the court.

Balls & Masquerades
Courtiers are tasked in the promotion of conversation and dancing to increase merriment, and for their own joviality. These events are of high importance for any courtier to acquaint themselves with others as well. For those who remain near the walls whilst dancing ensues, those in the court are asked to include them in on or begin conversation with (even if they are not directly in the court). Upon being asked for a dance, one should refrain from refusal unless absolutely necessary, even if it is against the behest of one’s own interest.

Dinner Parties
One must, firstly, keep an upright posture in their seat and attempt to dine on all foods presented in small portions in respect to the chefs and to show gratitude to the host. These parties can be a tad looser in means of etiquette if permitted by the host. The tossing or sharing of cuisine is strictly prohibited, as well as any belching or complaining of the food offered. A general respectability to the host shall be maintained, for their generosity of hosting the event.


CONCLUSION
All those with an interest in participating within the Royal Court may contact HH Princess Edith, Chamberlain Lady Meredith de Retford, or Lady Viviana Vlaculesti. Contact can be done through letter and courier, or through an in-person meeting. Any who do have such interests are all welcome, so long as they uphold general goodness and amiability.



Writing: clonky, Eryane, Cepheid, Khan

Discords, for contacting & inquiries with the court:
chloe#9750 // IGN: clonky // Edith de Retford
Cepheid#9520 // IGN: Cepheid_ // Meredith de Retford
sierra#7445 // IGN: Eryane // Viviana Vlaculesti

Royal Household Reference: https://www.fantasyrp.net/forums/threads/the-royal-household.3944/
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The industrious Lady Vivianna's elder sister, Nikoleta, imparted her congratulations as they sat by their apartment's hearth. "Dja, dja.." she harrumphed, flicking her fingers over the missive. "You and the ladies of the court did magnificently... Well done, Vivi."
 
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