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New TCF Royal Court members begin their reign

Every king needs its queen and for TCF King Citrus TJ Flowers, his queen was Palmview native Kaylee Ann Silva, who was named Queen Citrianna 84th during last year’s coronation and will reign alongside Flowers in representing the TCF.

“It felt like it took forever to get here but I’m here now with my Royal Court, feeling blessed to have these special girls besides me,” Silva said following her coronation. “We faced a lot of problems and changes to make this happen but thank God our director is very dedicated to us girls and the TCF. She made it happen along with the board of directors to let the TCF Royal Court continue to do their job to promote the citrus industry and the organization that is TCF.”

The 84th Annual TCF Royal Court at the TCF Royal Coronation at the McAllen Performing Arts Center Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021.
Photo Courtesy: Rio Creative Portrait & Design

Silva is a freshman at Texas A&M Kingsville and was Miss Palmview 2020 which led to her to compete as Duchess of Royal Palms last year. She is involved in the EM3 Foundation and is the daughter of Mr. Joshua Silva and Ana Gonzalez.

Her gown of white and gold – the traditional colors of the queen – had a sweetheart neckline and Queen Anne high collar edged in scalloped shaped gold guipure lace and embellished in Swarovski crystals. 

Silva’s look was complimented with an intricate train designed by Mrs. Minta Curtis Dietrich of Louisiana that was fashioned by Dietrich and Mrs. C.B. Curtis. 

The train was a rich, white velvet lined with gold satin lining, an elaborate border of gold satin lattice and hand beaded appliqued citrus fruit from by lame. Valley citrus adorned the body of the train, depicting the royal title.

Silva was joined by members of the 84th annual TCF Royal court which included Princess of Grapefruit Blossom Jenna Renee Hardison.

Hardison, a senior at Harlingen High School South, has been on the Royal court before. In 2009 she was Princess of Red Grapefruit Blossom and at school she is a member of the varsity swim team and varsity water polo team.

“There was a fear of this getting cancelled but I’m so excited I’m here to pass this title along,” Hardison said of the event. “We put a lot of time and effort into this and it’d be really sad if we weren’t able to pursue what we’ve all earned. We’re at a different location, different stage setup but we’re making the best of it.”

Hardison wore a regal gown of white raw silk with a fitted bodice that had a sweetheart neckline overlaid in a sheer fabric embellished with a delicate, embroidered lace adorned with silver thread and outlined in Swarovski crystals.

From her waist descends a ballroom style skirt adorned from front to back with a short overlay of white organza that is gathered up in sections with an embellished, flower shaped lace applique, creating points that are embellished with embroidered lace. The back waist features a bouquet of whole grapefruit, grapefruit slices and grapefruit leaves, all embellished with silver sequins, Swarovski crystals and silver tread. 

The next member of the TCF royal Court is Princess of Orange Blossom, Daisy Alexandra Ramirez, a freshman at The University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley. 

The Weslaco native is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Ramirez and was crowned Miss Weslaco 2019.

“After a year of waiting for my reign to begin, I am nonetheless excited and ready to start this journey alongside Queen Citrianna and the Royal Court.” Ramirez said. “It’s an honor to represent the Texas Citrus Fiesta as the Princess of Orange Blossom. Although the pandemic has been very effective, I plan on still finding ways to promote TCF and the citrus industry.”

Ramirez said she plans to promote the organization by attending her local Weslaco Alfrescos, the city’s downtown celebration of the arts, to encourage young girls attending to take an interest in the TCF.

“It leads to great opportunities to stay involved in the community and make new friendships,” Ramirez added.  

For the Coronation, Ramirez wore a two-piece ball gown of white, silk Mikado with a bodice covered in small flower-shaped embroidered lace embellished with Swarovski crystals and an off the shoulder princess style neckline.

A belt of Swarovski crystals compliments her skirt of silk Mikado that is covered in white crystal sparkle organza and overlaid with an inverted pleated peplum of Mikado silk.

The back of her dress featured a large arrangement of eight oranges halved outlined and embellished with silver sequins and leaves. 

Members of the 84th annual TCF Royal court also included Lady-in-waiting Sofia Monik Rodriguez.

Rodriguez, from Alton, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Monico Rodriguez. The senior at IDEA Pharr College Preparatory is class president, vice president of her school’s chapter of the National Honor Society and a member of the Hidalgo County Cotillion with plans to attend Brown University this fall.

Rodriguez said she was “overwhelmed” with excitement during the coronation.

“I’ve been waiting for this day for almost a year now and I think now that it’s finally occurred, it’s everything I could’ve imagined to be,” Rodriguez said. “I look forward to reaching out to individuals in every age group through parades and community service events and spreading the word of the TCF. We’re expanding the idea that we want this communal closeness around us. TCF is a generational thing, we have younger siblings who look up to us and we’re exposing them to this and I am proud to be a part of that group representing this.”

Rodriguez wore a two-piece ball gown of white satin Mikado whose look was inspired by the Disney movie “Enchanted.” The satin was overlaid with white tulle and embellished with whipped cream colored, crystalline sequin embroidered lace. 

Her bodice had a sweetheart neckline edged in embroidered tulle, embellished with crystal moonlight beads. The dress also has Bishop sleeves fashioned from five layers of folded white organza embroidered with crystals.

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