Crown tournament

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Either twice or three times a year in each SCA kingdom there is a mighty tournament, called the Crown Tournament where fighters do combat to win the Crown. The victor gains the right to rule as King or Queen following their coronation. Their chosen consort becomes their Queen or possibly King, depending on their gender. At the time of this writing (April, 2013), there has been one Queen by right of arms in the SCA, in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. She defeated her husband (and consort) in the final. Several ladies have won Coronet Tourneys. There have also been same gender victors.

In Lochac, the investiture customarily happens at 12th Night (early January) and Midwinter Coronation (held on one of the first two weekends in July).

In period, there were various other ways to become king or queen.