The King's College

House of Queen Elizabeth I

 

Mission

As Elizabethans, we aspire to be strong women of courage and discernment who are committed to following Christ’s lead together with dignity and grace.

“I know I have but the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too.” ― Queen Elizabeth I

Values

Grace: Loving others despite shortcomings.

Discernment: The ability to make moral decisions.

Monarchy: We are a royal family, and desire to lead selfless lives of responsibility while loving others.

The House Crest

Woven Background: The woven background represents a sieve, which was an Elizabethan symbol of discernment and the ability to separate good from evil. We use it to represent not only discernment, but also authenticity and transparency, since a sieve is meant to be seen through. Just as each thread of the sieve is connected and intertwined with each other, so also are the relationships within our House. The weaving of the sieve also represents the intimacy within our House, for we are woven together as friends and sisters.

Crown: The crown in our House crest represents sovereignty and authority. As Elizabethans we aspire to be strong, courageous women who know that we are daughters of the High King, Christ, and therefore as His daughters we share in His sovereignty.

Purple: The authority of the crown is supported by the color purple, which is the color of royalty. We claim this color not only because Christ is our king, but also because of the lineage of our royal namesake.

Lion: By having the lion as a part of our crest, we understand and lovingly acknowledge that we as a House are part of the greater community of The King’s College. We included the lion also because it is a symbol of courage, power, and royalty. As the House of Elizabeth I, we strive to remember that we are a group of young women who are not only committed to following Christ’s lead, but to also do it with courage, strength, and as dignified and graceful daughters of the King.

Traditions

The Most Honorable Order of the Rose: We award this honor to signify an individual’s academic achievement on the Dean’s List. Each recipient is inducted into the Order for the Dean’s List with a handcrafted purple tudor rose pin.

Coronation: Our end-of-the-year ceremony is modeled after the British coronation. We crown and anoint the next year’s executive team, swear-in the Privy Council (our Associates), and gather for a time of feasting and festivity.

Red November: Like no-shave November, but with lipstick. We wear red lipstick every day in November as a House. It is a reminder to carry ourselves with grace and it is a proud statement that we are queens.

Reagan Sadies: An annual Sadie Hawkins dance with our brother House, the House of Ronald Reagan.

Lion Heart Tea: An event of fellowship, intentional conversation, and tea that happens multiple times throughout the year. Often hosted by a QE1 alumna, we come together to hear from a special speaker and discuss a topic in theology, philosophy, or history.

T.E.A. Time Partners: The Elizabethan Accountability partners. All first-years are assigned an upperclassman who is their connection to King’s and in the City—she is their go-to person for anything from coffee once a week, a fun adventure in the City once a month, or a mentor for their time at King’s.

Pie and Cigar Night: An annual event with the House of Churchill. Ladies bring the pies and guys bring cigars and we bond with our fellow British House.

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