The 2013 president, Ray Glen Culberson, did the honors as her royal courtiers looked on from the stage and large audiences enjoyed the spectacle.
The Beauty of Fabergé was the pageant theme. After the queen ascended the steps to stand with her Ladies-in-Waiting, she was serenaded by David Ham, who sang Somewhere in Time.
Queen Karlie was resplendent in a gown of deep, sparkling silver. An elaborate, dimensional, floral overlay accented this lovely gown and flowing train. Subtle highlights of palest turquoise appeared among the floral details.
The queen’s escort was Christopher Douglas Bloyd.
Bearer of the royal scepter was Princess Carolann Sinclair Bowles, who presented the scepter to the queen as she was introduced and promenaded around the stage. She wore a gown matching the queen’s gown.
Herald to the Queen was Kenneth Colby Bowles.
Keeper of the Royal Fabergé Egg was Caedmon Jeffery Andreason.
Ladies and Lords in the Royal Court were Hannah Marie Thornton, Kimber Marie Holly, Emma Nicole Jacks, Natalie Belle Talley, Sophia Ann Dean, Cambry Olivia Andreason, Elyssa Leigh Hill, Rylie Elizabeth Murry, Brettlee Maddox Murray, Amy Elizabeth Ham, Bryson Trent Nall, Samuel Edwin Herrmann Felipe, Carter Douglas Shook, Charleston Rhett Williamson, Nathan Cole Esquivel, Johnny Owen Andreason, Kaden Chase Buller, Hudson Chase Donaho, Dillan Ray White-Bullard and Jackson Elliot Gilow.
Greeters of the Royal Guests were Audrey Scott Nolan, Evelyn Marie Felipe, Ruel Herrmann Felipe, Jr. and Mason Wayne Crockett.
The young attendants wore gowns of silver satin, overlaid with sheer sequined fabric.
Royal Guards to the Queen and her Court were Caulen Cort Spencer, Kameron Kade White, Dillon James Keeling, Kollin Lane Hurt, Jaidon Alec Parrish, Brandon Mitch Lange and Dennis Jefferson “Tripp” Bowles, III.
In his accustomed place as on-stage narrator, Stephen Edward Dean drew attention to the brief essay, The Beauty of Fabergé, written by Melinda Smith:
“The egg, perfect in form and carrying within it a new life, has been a universal symbol of rebirth for thousands of years. In Imperial Russia whimsically decorated eggs were exchanged every year to celebrate the Resurrection of Christ. Romanov Tsar Nicholas II and his Empress Alexandra raised this charming custom to imperial luxury.
“Peter Carl Fabergé, a jeweler extraordinaire, was given carte blanche in design and production with Tsar Nicholas II only requesting that each glittering bauble would contain a magnificent surprise . . .”
Dean introduced the 75th Yamboree Queen, Mary Paige Linder, who was wearing her coronation gown. She was escorted by Immediate Past President Richard Wayne Holloway.
She was serenaded by David Ham, who sang The Way You Look Tonight.
Visiting duchesses for the evening promenaded on stage at the opening of the pageant.
Rock Crystal Egg was represented by Lady Katelynn Danielle Meadows, duchess of the Kiwanis Club. Adorned in a gown created by Lana Bowers, she was escorted by Garrett Colton Parish.
Lady Katelynn graced a sparkling gown of turquoise blue, featuring a richly embellished, scalloped hem. An inset back bustle of deeper blue, accented the back of the gown. Rhinestone straps crossed at the back of the bodice.
Visiting duchesses presented were Sydnee Noelle Steelman, duchess of Longview High School, portraying German Palace; Tamara Dawn Richardson, duchess of White Oak High School, Winter Palace; Alana Michelle Tillery, duchess of Holly Lake Chamber of Commerce, Alexander Palace; and Alexandra Waverly Grace Bridges, duchess of Rockwall, Osborne Palace.
Entertainment was “Queen of the Night.” Dancers were dressed in Imperial inspired turquoise outfits.
They included Nicole Vineyard, Chloe Atchley, Kaitlin Baxter, Ansley Jackson, Kellie Tucker, Paige Williams, Taylor Fennell, Tanah Seely, Becca Grimes, Kara Smith, Hanna Bible, Alexa Silver, Maisie Ray, Demi West, Addison Coleman and Caitlin Keegan.
Basket of the Wildflowers Egg was represented by Lady Shaylee Brooke Fennell, duchess of Beta Sigma Phi, who was escorted by Dylan Dean Adkinson.
Lady Shaylee dazzled in a lovely gown of apricot, sprinkled with crystal embellishments. Her gown was accented with deep, crystal covered scallops around the hem. The rich accents continued, flowing up the gown back to the waist. The gown was created by Paula Davidson.
Visiting duchesses in her court were Elissa Lynn Irvin, duchess of Harmony High School, portraying Peonies; Madaline Rachelle Lane, Big Sandy Chamber of Commerce, Lavender; Lauralee Erin Davis, Loyola College Prep, Cornflowers; and Andrea Nichole Presley, Pine Tree High School, Pansies.
Entertainment was A New Dawn Blossoms, featuring dancers attired in outfits of olive green and burgundy with tulle skirts and green tops.
Dancers were Diamond Fluellen, Whitney Till, Alyssa Curtis, Brooklyn Dyer, Carly Harston, Melina Prince, Louren Thompson, Brooke Davis, Taylor Morris, Keeley Chamberlain Kayla-Marie Clemens, Hannah Hallman, Jaycee Wolfe, and Laurel Drumwright.
Lady Iesha Tatyana Fluellen, duchess of the Iris Garden Club, represented The Colonade Egg. Wearing a gown created by Lula Johnson, Miss Fluellen was escorted by MaLique Fluellen. Lady Iesha’s gown of deepest burgundy, was adorned with a sheer white floral overlay over the bodice and down the back. Sparkling, firework inspired clusters accented the skirt.
Visiting duchesses in Lady Iesha’s court were Whitney Lauren Geary, duchess of Azle High School, portraying Temple of Love; Amber Rochelle Ballard, duchess of Union Grove High School, Tsarinas; Passion Kardal Johnson, duchess of Union Hill High School, Doves; and Ashley Marie Phillips, duchess of Spring Hill, Clock Egg.
Court dancers, dressed in costumes of red featuring sequined tops and flirty double tiered ruffled skirts, danced to Cupid.
They were Brogan Stuart, Sarah Warren, Madison McCurry, Elizabeth Spencer, Kinsey Bass, Natalee Dunn, Kailey Griffith, Brinkley Rash, Alexandra Koudelka, Jessica Taylor, Brianna McIntosh, Madison Mauldin, Jenna Means, Morgan Miner, Rheanna Bewley and Reanna Watson.
The Anniversary Egg was the theme of Lady Macy Alexandra Elms’ court. Lady Macy represented the Rotary Club, and was escorted by Thomas Blake Rice.
Lady Macy donned a gown of regal, royal blue, heavily embellished with sparkling crystals. The back and front of the gown were accented with insets featuring waterfalls of crystal. Delicate scallops graced the hem of the gown. The gown was created by Paula Davidson.
Visiting duchesses Brooks Rae Hill, duchess of Trinity School, portraying Holy Coronation; Michaela Renee Ellis, duchess of Gladewater Chamber of Commerce, Alexander III Bridge; and Hannah Marie Pope, duchess of New Diana High School, Peter the Great were presented before Court Dancers danced to You Raise Me Up. Dancers were dressed in Grecian inspired dresses of white chiffon with a sequined band on the bodice.
They included McKenzie Castro, Hannah Wisdom, Alyssa Troell, Madison Dean, Catherine Wilson, Allie Fennell, Jaci Traylor, Katyn Curtis, Kaylee Fyffe, Morgan Henson, Brianna Parker, Chelbi Hendrix, Mylah Childress Cain, Sophie Steelman, Brianna Esquivel, Rebecca Pierce and Lorie Henry.
The Tsarevich Egg was represented by Lady Emily Ann Buettner, duchess of the Lions Club. Lady Emily was escorted by John Tanner Barr.
Her gown, created by Lana Bowers, was of shimmering red satin, encrusted with sequins, with a band of rhinestones at the waistline. The back of the skirt featured an inset panel of exquisite red rosettes that extended from the waistline, flowing to the floor.
Visiting duchesses in Lady Emily’s court were Makayla Lane Sikes, duchess of Gilmer High School, portraying Shells; Bethany Cheyanne Mason, duchess of Troup High School, Scrolls; Courtney Nicole Ganus, duchess of Kilgore High School, Cherubs; and Kyle Lynn Corbin, duchess of Phi Theta Kappa, Imperial Eagle.
Court Dancers, dressed in brown and bronze flowing costumes, danced to Dance of the Scrolls.
Dancers were Bailey Howell, Erin Plunkett, Haley Brasket, Sinoury Lindsey, Lillie Jenkins, Rainy Dollison, Hunter Morris, Kait Preuninger, Cady Mulkey, Haley Blackstone, Shalee Knight, Hannah Means, Taylor Watkins, Danielle Cullum, Elizabeth Means and Cyleigh Parker.
Mosaic Egg was represented by Princess Melani Kay Williams, duchess of the Bluebonnet Club. Lady Melani was escorted by John Edward Dean II.
Princess Melani appeared in an elegant gown of sparkling fuchsia, created by Kay Arrington. Floral ornamentation accented the skirt. The hem of the full skirt was embellished with graceful scallops accented with sequins.
Visiting duchesses in Princess Melani’s court were Baylee Keith Cochran, duchess of Harleton High School, portraying Moonstone; Cecily Sue Massey, duchess of Gilmer Chamber of Commerce, Emerald; Kristina Michelle Kent, duchess of Big Sandy Chamber of Commerce, Ruby; and Jessamyn Lea’Ann Morris, duchess of Gladewater High School, Topaz.
Court dancers danced to Diamonds. The girls wore costumes featuring black sequined bodices, hot pink satin pouffed skirts and net tights. Their partners wore black slacks and vests, with turquoise shirts.
Dancers were Bayley LeGrand/Tanner Harrison, Morgan Long/William Harrison; Maddison Evans/Taylor Lofton; Jaden Green/Blevin Burns; Peyton Carter/Tristen Vick; Taylor Montgomery/Brody Stuart; Claire Forrester/Colton Hendrix; Ashton Culberson/Dakota Martinez; Savanna Jenkins/Trey Treadway; and Lauren Jones/Sean Ray.
First Vice-President in charge of the coronation was James Randall Duke.
Members of the Pageant Committee were Linda Kay Dean, Betty Finney, and Barbara Williams, assisted by Mary Helen Despain, Brett Williams, Abby Stewart, Becky Skinner, Joe Lynn Tillery, Dennis Despain, Nat Harrison, and Mike and Dian Melton.
The queen, sponsored by the Twentieth Club, is the daughter of Kelly and Deana White.
Personal Attendant/Advisor to the Queen was Victoria “Tory” Mitchell Frazier.
The Queen’s dress was created by Kay Arrington. Dressmakers for the Queen’s Court were Kay Arrington, Paula Davidson and Sue Warrick.
Her hairdresser was Mary Carol Despain; Court Tuxedos were by Simply Beautiful; Amber Hill.
Coordinators for the Court Children were Irma Williams, Mary Jane Ham, Kim Garmon, Brianne Donaho, Brittany Linder, Kate Bailey, Kate Bowden, and Laken Finney.
Chairman of the Queen’s Coffee was Becky Skinner; Queen’s Ball, Shane and Lucy Winn; Queen’s Parade Float, Ann Marie Kovac, Mary Carol Despain; All Service Club Luncheon, Abby Stewart; and Visiting Duchess Coordinator, Carolyn Duke.
Pre-Coronation entertainment was furnished by Dr. Marcy Ragland.