The Royal Whim is a fairly common SCA tradition wherein the incoming King and/or Queen publicize a few idiosyncracies or eccentricities of theirs, so that the populace will be aware of them and able to act appropriately. Common whims are things like:
- declaring a favorite food (chocolate is a common offender) to be period for the duration of the reign. (See also period by consensus)
- declaring that some act or other (heraldic display for instance) is particularly pleasing and to be encouraged.
- requesting that all of some particular class of persons (e.g. the royal guard) perform some small or even trivial act.
When this done the whims are invariably small things and often humorous in tone.