Royal Family Transfer of Office
Thursday, March 22, 2018 | 6 p.m. at Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine
This St. Augustine heritage event commemorates the the city's Spanish origins and the reign of Queen Marianna, King Juan Carlos, and Princess Margarita Maria. St. Augustine residents enact the parts of the Royal Family in full costume and pass the scepter in a beautiful annual ceremony just before Easter. This year, the transfer of royal duties will take place on Thursday, March 22, 2018, at the west courtyard of the Cathedral Basilica on Cathedral Place in downtown St. Augustine.
Queen Marianna, King Juan Carlos and Princess Margarita Maria were the Spanish royal family at the time of the Castillo de San Marcos construction in 1672. It was Queen Marianna who saw the need for a stronger fortification in the New World, especially after the 1668 attack by English pirate Robert Searle, and commissioned the building of a masonry fort.
This event is open to the public.
When: Thursday, March 22, 2018, at 6 p.m.
Where: The Cathedral Basilica is located at 38 Cathedral Place in St. Augustine FL 32084.