Royal Court FAQs

Is there an entry fee to apply?
Who selects the Royal Court?
What should I expect at the initial tryout session?
What should I say during my introduction?
What happens after the initial interview session?
How will I know if I am to attend the next round?
What is the selection committee looking for?
What should I wear to the selection interview?
Why should I participate in the tryout process?
What is the Royal Ball?
Will Royal Court activities interfere with school?
If I have participated before, should I participate again?


Is there an entry fee to apply?

No. In fact, if you are selected as a member of the Royal Court, you will receive a small educational scholarship, wardrobe for your appearances, professional hairstyling, make-up application and instruction, transportation to and from Royal Court activities and a number other benefits.

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Who selects the Royal Court?

Eleven men and women make up the selection committee. They are all 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.

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What should I expect at the initial tryout 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 do the application online in advance.) You will be assigned a number and 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 answer your questions, and tours of the historic Tournament House will be offered. You should plan to spend two to three hours at your first session.

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What should I say during my introduction?

You have 15 seconds in front of the selection committee to state your number and tell them why you are participating in the Royal Court.  The selection committee will not ask you any questions nor will they ask you to begin speaking. Keep it short and to the point.

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What happens after the initial interview session?

After all of the participants have met the committee, its members meet and determine who to invite for the next step in the selection process. Following the initial session, approximately 250 young women are asked to return for another interview. Participation then is narrowed to about 75 candidates, and then to approximately 25 finalists, from whom the seven Royal Court members are selected.

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How will I know if I am to attend the next round?

Following each round of interviews, participants are notified by email if they are being invited to participate in the next interview session.

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What is the selection committee looking for?

Participants are evaluated on a wide range of qualities including poise, personality, speaking ability and overall demeanor. Academic achievement is also a factor.

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What should I wear to the selection interview?

Wear something you feel comfortable in that reflects your personality. There are no specific attire requirements, but you should remember that you are trying to make a good first impression on the selection committee members.

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Why should I participate in the tryout process?

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 in the search for a Royal Court. Participants also receive a ticket for two people to attend the Royal Ball as guests of the Tournament of Roses.

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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 selection process are invited to attend.

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Will Royal Court activities interfere with school?

During the busy and exciting months leading up to the Rose Parade®, Royal Court members will be required to miss several partial or full school days for wardrobe fittings, photography sessions, media appearances and community events. It is important for Royal Court members to be able to prioritize their time to fulfill both school and Tournament of Roses obligations. Many Royal Court activities will occur after school and/or during the winter vacation period but overall it requires a significant time commitment. It is a worthwhile and memorable experience, but it is also a lot of responsibility.

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If I have participated before, should I participate again?

Yes. The selection committee and pool of participants change from year to year, and previous experience can help you feel more at ease during the selection process. Many previous members of the Royal Court participated more than once before being selected.

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