2016 Pageant Royal Family

The Credit Union Christmas Pageant Royal Family has been a tradition for over 70 years. 

The process of selecting a Pageant Queen began in 1939 to help with wartime fundraising.

Applications for the role of the 2016 Credit Union Christmas Pageant Royal Family was open to the public in 2016.

For the first time in 20 years, perhaps even in the history of the event, every day South Australians (you don’t have to work for a credit union or work for John Martin’s like you did in days gone by) could apply to become a member of the 2016 Credit Union Christmas Pageant Royal Family.

Get to know the 2016 Royal Family below, including Queen Elyse and King Ben.

Junior Royals 2016

In 2016, the call for Junior Royals to join the Royal Family was opened to the public via a competition on Facebook with South Aussie with Cosi.

The two lucky winners were Ava-Rose and Brenton - and they looked wonderful as Junior Princess and Junior Prince atop the Royal Family Float in the 2016 Credit Union Christmas Pageant.

2016 Credit Union Christmas Pageant

Thanks to everyone's wonderful Pageant passion!

Queen Elyse Ramsay

What’s your first memory of the Credit Union Christmas Pageant?

My first memory is of watching the Pageant in our little farmhouse in Warooka when I was four and being in awe of the Queen, Princesses and Father Christmas!

What do you normally do on Pageant Day?

Pageant Day is Christmas Tree Day! My family and I put up our tree and decorate after watching the Pageant and put on a Christmas album by The Carpenters we’ve played every year since I was born.

What does it mean to be a member of the 2016 Royal Family?

Everything! It’s such an honour and a privelege. My grandfather worked at John Martins and was in the Pageant, so to follow in his footsteps in incredible.

What do you think the Credit Union Christmas Pageant means to South Australians?

It’s tradition! It’s the day we all come together to celebrate the start of the festive season and it’s beautiful to see so many happy South Aussies celebrate and enjoy the magical day.

What is your favourite Christmas tradition?

Aside from Pageant Day of course, I love seeing family and friends on Christmas Eve, watch the carols together and be merry!

What is your perfect Christmas Day?

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas! One day I’d love to have a Christmas in New York in the snow and go ice skating at the Rockefeller Centre.

What is your favourite South Australian holiday destination?

I love the place I came from, the glorious Yorke Peninsula. The beaches the food, the people; it’s just amazing.

Queen Elyse Ramsay

King Ben Young

What’s your first memory of the Credit Union Christmas Pageant?

Jostling for position in front of the old 13” National Screen in a Smurfs bean bag with my four sisters, super excited to see the big man in red.

What do you normally do on Pageant Day?

Gather the friends and family and head in early to get our spot across from the fire station on Wakefield Street.

What does it mean to be a member of the 2016 Royal Family?

Coming from the country, the Pageant was always experienced on the other side of the screen. To now be on the inside of that screen waving back to the boys and girls of South Australia is a major honour and a dream come true.

What do you think the Credit Union Christmas Pageant means to South Australians?

The Pageant is engrained in the memories and histories of many SA families. It’s a magical day shared by family to celebrate in the Christmas spirit.

What is your favourite Christmas tradition?

Putting up the tree! Also beginning to watch Christmas movies in October. There are just so many good ones we need a head start!

What is your perfect Christmas Day?

Going back home to the country and spending the day making lots of noise, food and fun with my family.

What is your favourite South Australian holiday destination?

The Flinders Ranges. So much to explore and so many beautiful, welcoming towns along the way.

King Ben Young

Princess Sarah Kostiw

What’s your first memory of the Credit Union Christmas Pageant?

Probably around three or four years old, drawing with chalk then sitting with my cousins in the front row in absolute awe of the floats, costumes and Christmas magic!

What do you normally do on Pageant day?

Now, I usually go in with my mum bright and early to get a spot for our younger cousins and family, and help them with chalk on the road.

What does it mean to be a member of the 2016 Royal Family?

I don’t know who will be more excited – me or the kids I teach! I had long given up on my dream to ride Nipper or Nimble but as it turns out… dreams can come true!

What do you think the Credit Union Christmas Pageant means to South Australians?

It holds such as special place in everyone’s heart. Everyone has their own Pageant story or journey.

What is your favourite Christmas tradition?

Sitting together on Christmas Eve watching the carols as a family.

What is your perfect Christmas Day?

Spending the day with loved ones sharing food, laughter and making special memories.

What is your favourite South Australian holiday destination?

Middleton and the Fleurieu Peninsula. My family have a holiday house there and we love getting away and soaking up all the region has to offer.

Princess Sarah Kostiw

Prince Kaine Dodds

What is your first memory of the Credit Union Christmas Pageant?

I’ve only been in Australia a few years but my first memory was the size of the event and how excited the kids were.

What do you normally do on Pageant day?

We normally gather at home and watch it on TV but it’s not as good as attending! We love the atmosphere.

What does it mean to be a member of the 2016 Royal Family?

I feel honoured! To be a big part of this day is exciting and it always on my mind day to day.

What do you think the Credit Union Christmas Pageant means to South Australians?

It starts the Christmas season and brings everyone together. 

What is your favourite Christmas tradition?

The kids all running to my bed to get me up as there’s no opening presents unless we are both awake!

What is your favourite South Australian holiday destination?

The Murray River. When we take the boat out it’s exciting for the whole family.

Prince Kaine Dodds

Princess Alexandra Golding

What is your first memory of the Credit Union Christmas Pageant?

This is my first year in Australia after moving to Adelaide from the UK. It was amazing to see such a classic and traditional Christmas event in Australia.

What do you normally do on Pageant day?

If we cannot attend then we always watch it on TV. It’s great for the kids to see.

What does it mean to be a member of the 2016 Royal Family?

It’s an amazing opportunity to be a part of something so special. I am thrilled that our kids will be able to experience this with us. We will talk about this in our family for years to come.

What do you think the Credit Union Christmas Pageant means to South Australians?

Pageant day is the symbol that Christmas has begun. IT doesn’t feel like Christmas for anyone until that special day.

What is your favourite Christmas tradition?

Waking up in the morning and watching the kids see their stockings from Father Christmas. The joy on everyone’s face as we all spend the day with the ones we love. 

What is your perfect Christmas Day?

All that matters is that the family is together.

What is your favourite South Australian holiday destination?

Murray Bridge. Taking the boat out in Summer and having BBQs with the family and friends. We love camping!

Princess Alexandra Golding

Prince Rohan McQueen

What is your first memory of the Credit Union Christmas Pageant?

Seeing all the bright colours and sparkling glitter and the big man in the red suit.

What do you normally do on Pageant day?

Wake up and get ready to head to the streets full of happy, cheerful people.

What does it mean to be a member of the 2016 Royal Family?

To be a member of the Royal Family isn’t a moment that I will take for granted, it will be my opportunity to share my passion for the Pageant. 

What do you think the Credit Union Christmas Pageant means to South Australians?

It means so much as it reflects the start of Christmas.

What is your favourite Christmas tradition?

Setting up all the Christmas decorations.

What is your perfect Christmas Day?

Sharing it with my family and friends.

What is your favourite South Australian holiday destination?

The Barossa Valley.

Prince Rohan McQueen

Princess Melissa Smith

What is your first memory of the Credit Union Christmas Pageant?

Sitting on Nanna’s rug with my brother on the curb of King William Street, playing with the children next to us, drawing chalk pictures, eating candy canes and impatiently waiting for Father Christmas to arrive.

What do you normally do on Pageant day?

As an adult, I now accompany my friends and family with children to the Pageant. I am usually the most excited, pumping it up for the children!

What does it mean to be a member of the 2016 Royal Family?

A dream come true! As a little girl, I always envied the Queen and the Princesses. I said, “one day, I will be a Royal” and here I am! My family know how much I love Christmas and the Pageant, so this means the world to me. 

What do you think the Credit Union Christmas Pageant means to South Australians?

It’s a tradition amongst many South Australians to take their family to the Pageant. It’s an opportunity for everyone to come together, from all walks of life. You make friends with complete strangers and you all come together for this Christmas event. For many, including myself, it’s the beginning of the Christmas season.

What is your favourite Christmas tradition?

Having our family get together (there’s a lot of us) and it’s an awesome opportunity to catch up with everyone. My Nanna is the Queen of Christmas and where I developed my Christmas obsession!

What is your perfect Christmas Day?

Spending it with family, with our Carols DVD on in the background, sipping eggnog and eating copious amounts of food. Food is the best on Christmas Day!

What is your favourite South Australian holiday destination?

Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills or Goolwa, where my mum lives.

Princess Melissa Smith

Princess Jaclyn Heinrich

What is your first memory of the Credit Union Christmas Pageant?

My first Pageant was when I was in my mum’s tummy when she was eight months pregnant – I haven’t missed a Pageant since!

What do you normally do on Pageant day?

Arrive to the Pageant early dressed in festive gear, and after the Pageant we go home and put up the Christmas Tree, putting the star on top together as a family.

What does it mean to be a member of the 2016 Royal Family?

It’s an honour. I have always been a big kid at heart, and love to make others laugh, and it means the world to be to be part of the Royal Family and share my passion for Christmas.

What do you think the Credit Union Christmas Pageant means to South Australians?

It’s a wonderful annual tradition which brings the South Australian community together to share the Christmas spirit.

What is your favourite Christmas tradition?

It’s hard to choose just one, but I love watching and participating in Christmas carols, especially ‘O Holy Night’, and of course visiting Father Christmas in the Magic Cave at David Jones.

What is your perfect Christmas Day?

Spending the day with my family and loved ones. Having a traditional Christmas roast lunch, pudding and, my favourite, eggnog.

What is your favourite South Australian holiday destination?

I love the Barossa, the open landscape and beautiful greenery is relaxing and a great way to escape city life.

Princess Jaclyn Heinrich