It’s always City Club’s best-attended meeting of the year, and Tuesday night’s event was every bit as intriguing as the ones which preceded it as close to 200 showed up to see the Tournament of Roses Queen and Royal Court, who paid a visit to the San Marino Center.
Waiting for them, and hanging on their every word, were gaggles of local young ladies – nieces, daughters and granddaughters of members – who were able to dine with and later ask questions of royalty.
“What’s your favorite food?”
“What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?”
“What’s your favorite pizza?”
“What’s your favorite sport?”
“What’s your favorite Disney Princess?”
“What’s your favorite subject in school?”
And then this…
“What’s your least favorite subject in school?”
That one drew a howl from the audience, who seemed as interested as the little ones.
“Math” was the #1 answer.
The audience also were privy to a fashion show as each Princess (and of course, Queen Victoria Castellanos) paraded through the room in the latest of styles fit for a, well, queen or princess.
All the while, San Marino residents Diane Comi and her husband, Bob French, provided introductions and background information on the participants.
Princess Autumn Lundy, of Altadena and a senior at Pasadena Poly, was first. Autumn told the audience she wants to attend the University of Oregon and become a nurse practitioner.
Princess Audrey Cameron, a senior at Blair High School, mentioned her involvement in the Lake Avenue Community Orchestra and participation on the school’s cross country and track teams.
A senior at Arcadia High School, Princess Lauren “Emi” Powers explained how she volunteers at Methodist Hospital, where she shares stories with people who are ill or visiting the afflicted.
“At the end of the day, I know I have truly made a difference,” she said.
Emi’s classmate, Princess Maya Khan, was most proud of her service as part of the school’s video broadcasting team, the Apache News.
Maya also enjoys coaching basketball and wants to attend UCLA.
Princess Shannon Larsuel, of Altadena, is a senior at Mayfield School where she is a member of the Diversity Committee.
Many of the youngsters in attendance weren’t quite sure what Shannon wants to be later in life – a pediatric oncologist – but they were all quite sure she had a wonderful smile and gentle nature. Shannon also volunteers at Huntington Memorial Hospital as a Candystriper.
A member of La Cañada High School’s varsity tennis team, Princess Natalie Petrosian volunteers with an animal rescue organization and hopes for admission to Caltech.
‘I look forward to seeing you all on January 2nd,” she said, which came as a surprise to many in the audience who were unaware that the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl game will be held a day late due to the New Year falling on a Sunday.
Last, and certainly not least was Queen Victoria, a senior at Temple City High School, who is a part of the school’s show choir when she is not volunteering at the Pasadena Humane Society.
“I want to be an entertainer,” she said.
And for the next 20 minutes, she and her courtmates more than lived up to that directive as the girls peppered away with questions.
When asked about her favorite song, Queen Victoria said “’Part of This World,’ from the Little Mermaid.” She then proudly, loudly, belted out a few lines to the delight of all.
Each of the court members was accessorized in a special Rose Court medallion that highlighted each of the outfits.
“Our very own twin-pin,” joked Princess Natalie as the little girls giggled.
Credit the Court for exceptional patience as each was seated at a table surrounded by the young ones and even spent substantial time after the meeting in personal photo shoots.
But the smiles never wavered.
One of the more humorous moments of the night was when one young visitor asked the court members which outfit they liked best. All chose someone else’s, and the laughter grew along with the reveals.
One question drew a very predictable answer. When asked their favorite place to visit, the overwhelming consensus was “Disneyland.”
And why not. They’re Princesses, after all.