Today's State Portrait Sunday is a history post as well. This Portrait was the official release for the coronation of the current Duke of Swann on 23 Sept 2004
The Duke of Swann acceded to the throne of the Principality of Swann at the tender age of 13 after his father passed due to injuries sustained in the Bloody Revolution of 1996. He was however not allowed to rule and merely fulfilled a nominal ceremonious role while the power resided with a Regency Government Council who made all the decisions until he came of age. For this reason his coronation was postponed until his 21st birthday. Due to the austerity that permeated Europa after the 96 Revolution, the Swann Coronation, which is actually not an entire crowning ceremony, was kept to a bare minimum. Few guests, little media coverage and no celebratory festivities almost made it seem that Prince Daniel was just ruling as always, with no real change having taken place. However, the grand State Portrait served to etch the image of the event into the minds of the Swanobian populace. We post it here today as our remembrance of the day and to also resuscitate our Sunday State Portrait slot after the mourning period.
His Royal Highness, the Duke of Swann. He wears the State Robe, Chains of Office and several Knighthood Insignia. The photo was taken in the throne room right at the actual throne of the Dukes of Swann.
The historic Throne of Swann with the Crown Regalia displayed on it. The throne was made in the Middle Ages for the first Duke of Swann. However, what was meant to be a purchase from the famed Reichental carpenters ended up being a gift from the King of Reichental. The symbolic gift of friendship has forged a bond between the two dynasties that lasts to this day.
Seated on the throne Prince Daniel wields the Scepter of Clarity, symbolizing the discernment between good and evil. The Duke of Swann is the only person in the world who by virtue of an anomalous protocol is allowed to wear both the sashes of the Order of the Diamond Star and the Family Order of Swann at the same time. This also may only happen at his own coronation and at a coronation of the King of Scotney.
We hope you all enjoyed this post as much as we did.