About

Royal Court


The Virginia Beach Neptune Festival is intended to provide an opportunity for citizens of the City of Virginia Beach to take part in an atmosphere of festive fun, to develop a sense of community pride, and to enjoy and celebrate together the special heritage that characterizes the City of Virginia Beach.
The Royal Court brings together individuals serving as King Neptune, Tritons, Princesses and Princes. Royal Court members serve as the visible embodiment of community service and are recognized as role models in the city.

Neptune Festival Royal Court King Neptune and Mermaids during Parade

The Neptune Legend

The legend of Neptune says that this Roman god was King of the Sea. Carrying his trident, a three-pronged spear, Neptune would drive in his dolphin-pulled chariot over the waters, calming the waters wherever he went.

Since the beginning of the Neptune Festival in 1974, dedicated citizens of the Virginia Beach community have been chosen to play the part of beach ambassadors as King Neptune and the Royal Court.

King Neptune & The Court

The King is chosen by the Neptune Festival committee from nominations solicited from the general public. The selection process weighs criteria such as demonstrated involvement and contribution to the quality of life in Virginia Beach and active participation in the activities of community life. Once chosen, the King and the rest of the Court become ambassadors for the City throughout the year.

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Neptune Festival Royal Court Princesses overlooking Neptune Statue on Boardwalk

2022 Neptune Festival Royal Court

Photo of 2021 Royal Court
Blue Double Wave (Short)

King Neptune

W. Taylor Franklin

The Franklin Johnston Group

Blue Double Wave (Short)

2022 Tritons

Joining King Neptune are Tritons, community leaders, who are also selected by nomination and possess an understanding of the spirit of the Neptune Festival. Once chosen, Tritons and their partners become ambassadors for the City and the Neptune Festival throughout the year.


Stephen Armbruster
Cherry Bekaert, LLP

Jamie Booth
Hourigan

Anne Douglas Gangwer
Virginia Beach Public Schools

Jeremy Ingram
Beacon Harbor Wealth Advisors

Mark Johnson
Truist

Cheryl McLeskey
McLeskey and Associates

Becky Sawyer
Sentara Healthcare

Brian Schools
Chartway Federal Credit Union

2022 Princesses and Princes

Princesses and Princes have demonstrated active participation in school, community and/or civic organizations and endeavors. Applicants must be presently juniors entering their senior year in September 2022 at a Virginia Beach High School.


Prince Dylan Arluk

Princess Annika Gianascoli

Princess Brenna Pope

Princess Brooke Cuffee

Princess Brooke Richardson

Princess Durant Parker-Ashe

Princess Kaitlyn Mounts

Princess Lauren Marks

Princess Lulu Kenslow

Princess Madison Arluk

Princess Nielsen Baxley

Princess Ramey Bower

Princess Reagan Carson

Princess Regan McKinnon

Princess Sophie Berger

Royal Order


Upon completion of your reign as a Neptune Festival King or Triton, you are entitled to join the Royal Order community. As a member of this community, you receive benefits such as tickets to events, invitations to networking opportunities, and more. Membership dues are required, and must be paid annually. The payment deadline for membership in the 2022 Royal Order is January 31, 2022.

Young girl watching Neptune Festival Grand Parade from curb with family

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