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Dogwood Monarchist Society's Coronation 34

March 12, 2005

By Catherine Barr


Every year, the Dogwood Monarchist Society crowns a new Emperor and Empress of Vancouver. Last Saturday, at the Coast Plaza Hotel, it was time for the 34th Annual Coronation Ball. Part pomp, part pompadour, royal guests gathered to say goodbye to outgoing monarchs Dj Jules and Estie Louder and to welcome Vivien Von Brokenhymen and Buster Cherry to the throne.

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San Diego empress Lala Too (left) and Vancouver's own Symone, the Duchess of Nubia, were introduced in the lobby.
Vancouver's Empress 29, Carlotta Gurl (left), seen here with 2001-02's Emperor, Bruce Antecol, was honoured to carry in the crown 2001-02's Empress, Diana Rose, who is sadly no longer with us.
Entertainer of the Year Iona Whipp (left) has a fabulous voice and stage presence as Jeff Kirkey, Mr. Gay Vancouver 23, will tell you.
Surrey's first royalty, Empress Taylor Made Storm and Princess Melissa Made Storm.
Former Westender cover girl Madame Andre (left), gave praise to designer Sacha for her fabulous ensemble which included a peacock feather headress and a modern day hoop skirt.
It was a farewell performance on two levels for outgoing Imperial Crown Princess 33, Beverly X, who said goodbye to her crown and the life of drag for new pursuits.
The jewellery and gowns were postiively stunning as seen here on visiting dignitaries Madame Geronimo (left), from Toronto and Empress Gabby from Salem, Oregon.


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