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100th Rose Queen® Inauguration Celebrated With Pasadena Tournament of Roses® Royal Court Exhibition

In honor of the inauguration of the 100th Rose Queen® in 2018, PMH presents an exhibition celebrating the Pasadena Tournament of Roses® Royal Court. From the first Royal Court in 1905, young women of Pasadena and its environs have graced the Tournament of Roses and served as ambassadors for the city of Pasadena almost every year. This unique exhibition explores the traditions and history of the Royal Court, from the selection process to the Coronation and Rose Parade. On Friday evening an exclusive VIP reception was help for all Tournament Queens and Princesses Past and present.

The exquisite Coronation gowns of past Rose Queens and Princesses are on display, as well as daywear, accessories, and jewelry from the Court wardrobes, all generously lent by former members of the Royal Court, beginning with the gown of Margaret Huntley Main, the oldest surviving Queen (1940 court). From the sleek satin gowns of the 1940s, to the tulle confections of William Cahill in the 1950s and 60s, and the modern-day glamour of Tadashi Shoji, the elegance of the Royal Court is celebrated. Vivid photos and ephemera documenting this century-long Pasadena tradition enhance the exhibit, including original design drawings of the Queen’s Float. A special highlight is Queen’s crowns from the past century, on loan from the Tournament of Roses.

The Tournament of Roses Exhibition is located at the Pasadena Museum of History at

470 W. Walnut St. Pasadena, CA 91103



1- 1967 Rose Princess, Barbara Beckley, points to a black and white 8 x 10 photo of her summer of love royal court. – Photo by Terry Miller / Beacon Media News

2 – Barbara Beckley poses with past Rose Queen Court wardrobes. – Photo by Terry Miller / Beacon Media News

3 – Barbara Beckley poses with past Rose Queen Court wardrobes. – Photo by Terry Miller / Beacon Media News

September 12, 2017

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