Allison Boyd crowned Princess Windsor 2014

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Published on April 06, 2014

At the Princess Windsor tea April 5, 2014, Princess Windsor 2013 Candace Kimball presented her child attendant, Madelynn Nelson, and Madelynn’s little sister, Scarlett, with small tokens of appreciation for keeping her on her toes during last year’s Apple Blossom festivities.  

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Elizabeth Gibson, child attendant to Princess Windsor 2014 Allison Boyd, shows off her Apple Blossom Festival attire. 

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Princess Windsor candidates Deseray Johson, Allison Boyd and Erica Porter listen to some remarks from an outgoing princess.

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Princess Windsor 2013 Candace Kimball crowned Allison Boyd Princess Windsor 2014 during a special tea April 5.

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Allison Boyd celebrates being crowned Princess Windsor 2014 with outgoing Princess Windsor Candace Kimball April 5. 

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Allison Boyd celebrates being crowned Princess Windsor 2014 with outgoing Princess Windsor Candace Kimball April 5. 

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Princess Windsor 2014 Allison Boyd gets acquainted with her child attendant, Elizabeth Gibson. 

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Allison Boyd takes to the podium as Princess Windsor for the first time April 5.

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Allison Boyd takes to the podium as Princess Windsor for the first time April 5.

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Windsor Mayor Paul Beazley, left, and West Hants Deputy Warden Gary Cochrane, right, congratulate Princess Windsor 2014 Allison Boyd and her child attendant, Elizabeth Gibson.

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First Lady in Waiting Deseray Johnson and Miss Friendship Erica Porter speak with guests following the close of the Princess Windsor Tea April 5.

Windsor’s newest Apple Blossom princess already has a pretty good idea of what to expect in the coming months.

Allison Boyd, a former child attendant, was crowned Princess Windsor 2014 during a candidate selection ceremony hosted April 5 in the Hants County War Memorial Community Centre.

Three young women sought the crown this year, hoping to earn the right to represent their hometown in the 82nd Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival.

Deseray Johnson, the 20-year-old daughter of Cheryl Gabriel and Dana Gray, earned the distinction of 1st Lady in Waiting at the Princess Windsor Tea, while Erica Porter, the 18-year-old daughter of Chuck and Leslie Porter,was named Miss Friendship.

Each candidate was judged based on a speech and her answer to an impromptu question.

In her speech, Boyd fondly recalled the day she was a child attendant waiting to learn who would be named Princess Windsor.

“I was sitting in the audience as a new child attendant watching all of the candidates very intently. I remember not so much listening to their speeches and what they had to say but [I was] in awe over what they were wearing, how they had their hair done and how pretty they looked.”

Boyd, the 18-year-old daughter of Dan and Nancy Boyd, said she has since grown to understand that being a princess is about much more than looking the part; it’s about promoting the Annapolis Valley as an ambassador of Windsor.

That, Boyd added, is something that comes easy to her.

“Living here gives you a sense of belonging. I love being in different parts of the province and having people ask me where I’m from. I proudly say, ‘I’m from the Valley’ and very often you get the response, ‘I thought so,’ with a smile.”

Boyd, who plans to study nursing at Dalhousie University in the fall, listed the pumpkin regatta, Haliburton House and Long Pong in proudly alluding to Windsor’s rich history.

“Growing up not very far away from Long Pond, I can personally say the very first game of hockey was played a stone’s throw away from my own backyard.”

An exciting new beginning for Boyd marked the end of Candace Kimball’s reign as Princess Windsor 2013.

Kimball graciously thanked her child attendant, Madelynn Nelson, and Madelynn’s little sister, Scarlett, for keeping her on her toes this summer.

“Thank you for your endless curiosity and questions — about everything,” said Kimball, with a laugh.

Kimball’s speech took a turn for the emotional when it came time to thank Town Crier Lloyd Smith.

“Thank you for making me feel at home no matter where we travelled,” she said.

Elizabeth Gibson, the eight-year-old daughter of Nicole Pace and Robert Gibson, will accompany Boyd to the apple blossom festivities this summer as Princess Windsor’s child attendant.

The opening ceremony for the upcoming Apple Blossom Festival is slated for May 28, at 7 p.m., in the Hants County War Memorial Community Centre in Windsor. The Hantsport School will host the Valley Tea from 7-9:30 p.m. the following day.

Queen Annapolisa the 82nd will be named at a coronation ceremony in Acadia’s University Hall the evening of May 30. The event begins at 7:15 p.m.

 

Organizations: Dalhousie University, Haliburton House, Hantsport School Acadia University Apple Blossom Festival

Geographic location: Windsor, Annapolis Valley, Long Pond Acadia Hants County Nova Scotia Apple Blossom Festival

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