The Knighting Investiture Ceremony: A Night of Honor and Tradition at The Swissotel Chicago

Chicago, IL, USA – July 9, 2024 – On the evening of June 22, 2024, the prestigious Swissotel in Chicago played host to an extraordinary event, A Knighting Investiture with The Royal and Sovereign House of Cappadocia, Constantine the Great and Saint Helen, and The Grand Priory of Illinois, led by Sir Dr. James Dentley, Baron of Saint James of Cappadocia and his team. The event was a resounding success, bringing together distinguished guests, honorees, and dignitaries from across the globe to celebrate a timeless tradition of honor, chivalry, and service.

A Night to Remember

The grand ballroom of the Swissotel was elegantly transformed, setting the perfect stage for an evening filled with grandeur and solemnity. The ambiance was a blend of modern sophistication and historical reverence, reflecting the essence of the Knighting Investiture. Attendees were greeted with a red-carpet media room, banners, and art which eloquently displayed members of The Royal Order and the postulants that entered the Royal House as new Knights, and Dames. The entrance, to the media room and the main ballroom set the tone for an evening that promised to be both memorable and inspiring.

Honoring Excellence and Service

The Knighting Investiture Ceremony is an esteemed event that recognizes individuals who have demonstrated exceptional service, leadership, and commitment, excelling in one or more of the 8 qualifying categories. This year’s honorees were a distinguished group of men and women from various fields, including philanthropy, arts, innovation, entrepreneurship, and public service. Each honoree was carefully selected for their outstanding contributions and unwavering dedication to making a positive impact in the world.

Ceremony Highlights

The evening commenced with the sound of a live trumpeter, and a drum roll as the Military and Royal procession began, featuring: The American Legion who conducted the U.S. flag ceremony and The National Anthem was sung by, Kenya Henry. Afterwards, The Knights and Dames and Grand Priors of The Royal Order walked down the red-carpet and acknowledged each other and the audience. Next The Royal Nobles were introduced. Barons, Baroness, Grand Marquis, Dukes, and Duchess in Royal fashion. Finally, entered The Grand Master of the Royal House of Cappadocia, H.R.H. Prince Rafael Andujar y Vilches, PH.D. The Grand Prefect, Baron Sidney Leluan took to the stage and highlighted the history and significance of the ceremony and the values The Royal Order upholds.

The pinnacle of the evening was the investiture itself, where each honoree was ceremoniously knighted. The women, dressed in ball gowns, and the men in black tux and white tie, each honoree knelt before Prince Rafael and received the accolade of knighthood, a moment met with applause and admiration from the audience. This act symbolized not only personal achievement but also a pledge to continue their noble endeavors with renewed vigor.

A Celebration of Heritage and Fellowship

Before the investiture, attendees enjoyed a sumptuous banquet, featuring a menu that celebrated Chicago’s culinary delights. The evening was further enlivened by performances from the renowned choir, The Soul Children of Chicago, led by Sir Dr. Walt Whitman. Last, but not least, the audience enjoyed beautiful selections to close the event performed by, Jazz artist, Dame Josephine Beavers, which added a touch of cultural richness to the celebration.

A Commitment to Future Generations

The Knighting Investiture Ceremony also served as a platform to announce new initiatives aimed at fostering the values of chivalry, service, and excellence among future generations, ensuring that the spirit of knighthood continues to inspire and empower future leaders.

Closing Remarks

The Knighting Investiture at The Swissotel Chicago was more than just a ceremony; it was a celebration of the enduring values that bind us together as a global community. As the evening ended, the sense of camaraderie and shared purpose among attendees was palpable, a testament to the power of tradition and the timeless appeal of the knightly virtues.

Media Contact: Denise Dentley

For more information, please contact:

Baron, Sir Dr. James Dentley III

Grand Prior of IL. And Baron of Saint James of Cappadocia


About The Knighting Investiture

The Knighting Investiture in Chicago is an annual event dedicated to recognizing individuals who have made significant contributions to society through their service, leadership, and commitment to excellence. The ceremony upholds the values of chivalry and honors those who embody these principles in their personal and professional lives.

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Phone: 720-257-9263
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