At the War of the Roses, it was time for The East Kingdom Consort’s Bard, THL Agnes Marie de Calais and the Sovereign’s Bard, David Anthony, to step down, and for their Majesties to chose new Bards.
The Sovereign and Consort’s Bards are charged with commemorating the history of the Crowns and the kingdom in song and story, furthering the practice of the bardic arts in the kingdom, serving as members of the royal household, and setting up and supervising the competition to choose their successors. The Sovereign’s’s Bard wears a gold baldric with three purple clarions; the Consort’s Bard wears a gold baldric with three purple clarions below a purple rose.
The Theme of the Bardic Championship was “The Mythology of War”
Five competitors entered:
- Aife ingen Chonchobair in Derthaige
- Aethelflied known as Brewbane
- Siobhan the Harper
- Leyli Shirazi
- Solveig Bjarnardottir
Solveig Bjarnardottir was named the Consort’s Bard, and Leyli Shirazi was named Sovereign’s Bard.
Photos provided by Aneleda Falconbridge