By Albert H. Fulcher | Editor
On April 14, the Imperial Court de San Diego completed its 47th reign with the crowning of Princess Royale Rickie, Prince Royale Duncan and the appointment of the Court’s board at the 2019 Royale Gala & Investitures at Rich’s San Diego.
In true Court grandiose, the Royale Gala was full of phenomenal entertainment as the crowd waited for the crowning moment. Special guest included members of the Imperial Court of Long Beach, Imperial Court of LA and Hollywood, Orange County Imperial Court and other members of the International Imperial Court System.
Stepping down after 52 weeks of service Princess Royale Jessica D’Nalga and Prince Steven Blocker.
Both paid emotional tributes to their mothers who were in attendance. D’Nalga was recognized for representation of the Latino community and overcoming the cultural stigmas. Blocker, a strong advocate for sobriety was also recognized for his work during the year in supporting campaigns for those in recovery. The Imperial Court presented Stepping Stone of San Diego $1,500, the charity of Blocker’s choice.
Rickie Brown, a native Louisianan, mother of three and grandmother of six has lived in San Diego for 18 years. She began her time with the Court as a volunteer for events and donating turkeys and hams for the past three years. She said she has been an advocate for affordable housing for many years and loves organizing the annual toy drive at her church. Working in the community is an important part of her life.
“Currently I sit on the [San Diego] Democrats for Equality board, and the Build Better San Diego Coalition,” she said.
Brown is a past member of the City Heights, City Heights Redevelopment PAC, Citizen Review Board, City Heights Town Council, City Heights Area Planning Committee and the Fox Canyon Neighborhood Association.
“I am very passionate about enhancing and developing programs for our LGBTQ seniors,” Brown added. “I will also be focusing on fundraising and adding to the Imperial Court de San Diego donor base.”
D’Nalga said she believes the best advice to give to the incoming Royales would be to stay true to themselves.
“Enjoy the year and always remember your community comes first over traveling,” D’Nalga said. “Where work always comes first … we must also make time for our duties. Question things you are unsure of. Carry yourself with pride, love and always be regal and make those connections across the realms. Royales are a team, a couple and it’s best when you are friends. Steven and I were all of those and that contributed to having such a successful reign. The most important things between the Royales and the monarchs is communication, respect and support. But most importantly, do not become anyone’s puppet.”
Blocker said he hopes the new Royale’s year is filled with memories that they will cherish and hold dear.
“Your reign will take work, but always remember the ultimate goal is to represent your title with pride and above all else, have fun!” Blocker said.
— Albert Fulcher can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.