Since its establishment,
Elleore has been a kingdom by election. This means that there is no
hereditary Royal line of succession. Instead, if a monarch abdicates
the throne or dies in office, the Council of the Realm (i. e.
the Societas Findani) elect a new regent. Each new monarch has to sign
a strict coronation charter. This ensures that the Council retains
the ultimate power in the Kingdom.
King Erik I (1945 - 1949)
On 17 February 1945, Erik I was
elected King of Elleore. He was given the surname ‘The Tall’. Erik
chose as his motto ‘Let us help one another’. He also initiated the
Spanish-inspired cry ‘Ellé’. On 12 February 1949, Erik I abdicated, as
took up a post as advisor to Prince Rainier of Monaco. Erik died in
1968 at a very old age.
King Leo I (1949 - 1960)
a short Interregnum, Leo I took office as successor on 28 August 1949.
His surname ‘The Little’ refers only to his height, as his
spirit was anything but. Leo was a founder member of ‘The Immortals’
and presided over them for many years. His motto was ‘Seriousness and
Merriment’. On 31 August 1960 Leo I died while in office.
King Erik II (1961 - 1972)
A Governing Council took over until
29 April 1961, when Erik II was crowned, known as ‘The Splendid’. As he
was the first married monarch, Elleore also gained its first queen
consort, Queen Lillian ‘The Happy’. Erik chose ‘Trust in small Things’ as
his optimistic motto. On 19 February 1972 he abdicated and died in 1986
at the age of 67.
There was, however, an interesting
intermezzo. On 5 October 1961, during a bloodless coup d’etat,
2-year-old Princess Henriette was Queen of Elleore from 10.17 pm to
11.11. pm. In the meantime, the deposed king negotiated his
reinstatement with the 'plotters'.
King Leo II (1972 - 1986)
On the day of King Erik II’s
abdication, Leo II was crowned his successor. He was known as ‘The
Popular’ and used the motto ‘Hope to the Sea’. He and his Queen Pelle
were very much inclined to maritime matters during their reign, so
Elleore acquired the first Royal Yacht. Leo II abdicated on 22 February
1986 after a very popular term of office.
King OS (1st October 1984, 6.11 pm until midnight)
Again there was a memorable incident
during the reign of Leo II. On 1 October 1984, Ole Silau, Grandduke of
Kajsnude, was proclaimed King from 6.11 pm to midnight. This
magnificent gesture expressed the respect and the gratitude of the
kingdom towards its elder statesman on his 50th birthday.
Queen Leodora (1986 - 2003)
Queen Leodora, the first ruling
Queen of Elleore, was crowned on the same day. Known as ‘The Virtuous’,
she chose the motto ‘Always with both feet on the ground’. After a very
successful reign, Leodora abdicated on 22 February 2003.
King Leo III (since 2003)
Queen Leodora was succeeded on the
same day by Leo III. The motto of his reign is ‘With Lion and People
for the Kingdom’. He and his wife Queen Carina play a very active part
in Elleorian society.