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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Episode 1015 - The Royal Wedding

NOTE: Information about this episode was taken from an audio recording -- therefore, no screenshots are currently available. If a video copy of this episode is out there somewhere, please drop me a line.

Original Air Date: February 28, 1969



  • I'm Going to Marry Mom
  • Peace and Quiet

With the royal wedding about to take place, Mister Rogers sings I'm Going to Marry Mom. Miss Emilie (Emilie Jacobson) stops by the house and is dressed beautifully for the big day. She takes a moment to share a poem about the soon-to-be royal couple before departing for the wedding [NOTE: Blanks are in place where words cannot be clearly understood on the recording I have].

Today is a very special day
It's special in a special way
Our king, our great and glorious king
Whose praises through the Neighborhood ring
Is being married today
This is indeed a special day
His _______________ street
We all are gathered here to greet
Sara Saturday has seen
____ duty to be our queen
We wish them happiness galore
We hope the future has in store
All joy, mutual love and peace
May their devotion but increase
For that's how families begin

As she is leaving, Chef Brockett arrives and talks with Mister Rogers about the wedding cake which "took 81 hours" to make. Chef Brockett heads to the castle as well while Mister Rogers takes a pretend bath and puts on his pretend purple gloves.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Edgar Cooke is helping King Friday put the final touches on his hair. Lady Aberlin arrives with the Queen's new crown and is surprised to learn that King Friday wants the wedding to be held in the castle garden when the plans have already been made to have it in the W room. With only 4 1/2 minutes to move the festivities, Lady Aberlin and Edgar Cooke scurry off to make the necessary changes and are promptly joined by Chef Brockett. X the Owl gathers the others who all come to the garden for the wedding. Mr. Anybody (Don Francks), serving as the minister for the service, is having trouble locating the castle until Lady Aberlin finds him and shows him the way.

Finally, the ceremony is underway with the crowning of the new queen...

Mr. Anybody: "Sara Saturday. Will you accept the duties of queen of this Neighborhood of Make-Believe and promise to reign in justice and equity all the days of your life?"
Sara: "I will so accept with all your help."
Mr. Anybody: "The Neighborhood of Make-Believe crowns thee Queen Sara Friday Saturday. Long live the queen!"
All: "Long live the queen!

And then the wedding begins. Miss Emilie reads the royal poem before King Friday and Queen Sara take center stage.

Mr. Anybody: "Will the king and queen please join hands. Do you, King Friday XIII, love Queen Sara Friday Saturday and want to live with her always?"
King Friday: "I do."
Mr. Anybody: "Do you, Queen Sara Friday Saturday, love King Friday XIII and want to live with him always?"
Queen Sara: "I do."
Mr. Anybody: "King Friday, will you repeat after me: 'I, King Friday XIII, take thee Queen Sara Friday Saturday, to be my lawful wedded wife. To have and to hold. In sickness and in health. In joy and in sorrow. For richer or for poorer. As long as we both shall live.'"
[King Friday repeats]
Mr. Anybody: "Queen Sara, will you repeat after me: 'I, Queen Sara Friday Saturday, take thee King Friday XIII, to be my lawful wedded husband. To have and to hold. In sickness and in health. In joy and in sorrow. For richer or for poorer. As long as we both shall live.'"
[Queen Sara repeats]
Mr. Anybody: "What do you give as a token of your marriage?"
King Friday: "Robert Troll has the token. [Taking the ring] This is an outward sign of an inward affection, Sara."
Queen Sara: "Thank you, Friday. [Taking her ring] This is an outward sign of my affection, too, Friday."
King Friday: "Thank you, Sara."
Mr. Anybody: "By the authority vested in me, by the arch-clergy of Make-Believe, I pronounce that King Friday XIII and Queen Sara Friday Saturday are now husband and wife. Who make-believe has joined together, let no man put asunder. Long live the King and Queen!"
All: "Long live the King and Queen!"

Following the ceremony, everyone adjourns to the C room to enjoy Chef Brockett's cake.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers reflects on the fun that was had at the wedding and suggests that after the excitement of a wedding, people often like to have some peace at quiet. He concludes by singing Peace and Quiet.


Eric Scales said...

It's interesting that in the older episodes there was less distinction between the Make Believe storyline and the rest of the show. While Fred always referred to the puppet characters as only Make Believe, the live actors (many of whom also appeared in Make Believe) would often refer to the storylines as if they were real and part of their daily lives (Chef Brockett preparing a wedding cake in reality for a Make Believe wedding?). I wonder if at the time, that just seemed like the natural way to do it, and perhaps it wasn't until later that Fred figured it was ok to really make Make Believe seem like his private story with the viewers, instead of a big play being put on by himself and the shows cast/neighbors.

Neighbor Guy said...

Wow! What a find! How interesting that the audio still exists. I hope someday the video will pop up.

Anonymous said...

I agree this is rarest oldest color season 2 Misterogers' Neighborhod to continue to air through early 1980s. Estimating the last time this whole Royal Wedding week was available nationwide was Aug. 29 - Sep. 2, 1983. It will be coming up on 27 yrs which is a very long time no doubt! This is one episode i hope FCI PBS Kids can consider streaming even thou its very old!

Anonymous said...

One other thing depending on your local PBS affliate. There are a few out there back in the day use to show differen't programs then what was schedule for the national bradocast calendar. Some of the 1969 shows may have been seen as late as 1986. The good majority of PBS affliates stop showing 1969 episodes after Oct. 21,1983.