SAINT AUGUSTINE – There will be no Easter Festival celebration this year due to the coronavirus threat.
Earlier this year, however, the 2020 Royal Trio was selected, but due to the pandemic, the new trio will preside over festivities in 2021, according to Sandy Hooker Tilton, current festival president.
The ruling trio: the boy King Carlos, his mother, Queen Isabella and his sister, Princess Margarita Maria, are selected from those who are referred to as heritage natives of St. Augustine. This was the ruling family in Spain in 1672, the year construction was begun on St. Augustine’s Castillo de San Marcos.
Chosen for 2020 were Coleman Taylor, as king; Linda Murphy, queen; and Janelle Hersey, princess.
Jacqueline Lopez Young McCraw was the first heritage native to portray Queen Mariana. Daniel Drysdale was the first king; and Nancy Pellicer the first princess.
The 2019 trio included Treven Rogero as king; Tiffany Root, queen; and Alexis Johns, princess.
The Royal Trio traditionally appears with an entourage, volunteers who provide their own period dress and volunteer their time and talent to the overall gala.