When Tournament of Roses President Rick Jackson set the jeweled Mikimoto crown atop Queen Drew’s head Thursday afternoon, it was only the third time in history that the honor went to an African-American woman. At age 16, Drew Helen Washington is indeed an outstanding young lady.
“Being the youngest on the court, I knew that I had to show leadership,” Queen Drew told Examiner on the day that she was announced as the 2012 Rose Queen.
Princess Stephanie Hynes confirmed that. “It’s only been eight days,” she said, referring to the interim between the announcement of the seven-member Royal Court and the choice of one to reign as Queen, “so it shows how strong a leader she is.”
Coming up in this column: Interviews and photo gallery of the coronation of Queen Drew as 94th Rose Queen.
For the coronation, members of the 2012 Royal Court, Rose Princesses Sarah Zuno, Hanan Worku, Morgan Devaud, Kimberly Ostiller, Cynthia Louie, Stephanie Hynes, and Queen Drew Washington wore formal gowns provided by Tadashi and tiaras by Mikimoto. The Queen’s crown has more than 600 cultured pearls and six carats of diamonds.
The royal blue crepe gowns were stunning and flattering to the six princesses. Queen Drew wore a matching gown in white. The girls natural beauty was enhanced with hair styling and makeup by Amadeus.
Rose Princess Kimberly Ostiller told Examiner, “I am so happy for Queen Drew. I’m so excited to be on the Royal Court with Queen Drew.”
[N.B. This article previously stated that Queen Drew is the second African-American Rose Queen. In fact, she is the third. She was preceded by Kristina Kaye Smith in 1985 and Camille Clark in 2006.]
The theme of the 123rd Rose Parade and 98th Rose Bowl Game is “Just Imagine…” The events take place on Monday, Jan. 2, 2012 to avoid interfering with worship services on Sunday. The Tournament of Roses is a celebration that lasts several weeks in the fall and winter, with the high points being the Rose Parade presented by Honda and the Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO. Keep following your Tournament of Roses Examiner for the latest news and for upcoming announcements.
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