With her elevation to the Laurel, Her Grace becomes the second quadruple peer in AEthelmearc and joins Countess Sir Trude Lacklandia, Viscountess Sir Hilary of Serendip, and Duchess Syr Ariel of Glastonbury Tor as the only female quadruple peers in the Society.
Duchess Rowan received her Laurel for her expertise in cooking. She reigned twice as Queen of the East with the late Duke Morguhn Sheridan, becoming a Countess in 1985 and a Duchess in 1988. She was made the first (and so far only) female Knight in AEthelmearc at Pennsic in 1998. Her Grace was elevated to the Pelican for her service to the Kingdom, especially as a Marshall and Autocrat, in July of 2000. In addition, she was the second recipient of AEthelmearc's highest honor, the Jewel of AEthelmearc, in 1994.
Speaking at her Laurel ceremony were Viscount Sir Alexander Caithnes of Wyk on behalf of the Royal Peers, Sir Aengus MacBain on behalf of the Chivalry, Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope on behalf of the Pelicans, and Mistress Judith of Kirtland on behalf of the Laurels. Duchess Rowan was invested with a cloak made by Mistress Alison of the Many Isles, a Laurel wreath of bay leaves made by Mistress Bridget MacLean, and the ancestral Laurel medallion of AEthelmearc. She was also burdened with the traditional Laurel fruitcake of AEthelmearc, which she will no doubt be happy to pass on to the next Laurel recipient as soon as possible.