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Woodbury woman's royal quest fulfilled

Woodbury native Christine Schrader, along with the rest of the St. Paul Winter Carnival Royal Family, visited Woodview Terrace Montessori in Woodbury on Friday where the Royal Family interacted with children before crowning the day’s king, queen, princes and princesses. (Staff photo by Amber Kispert-Smith)

For the past several years, Woodbury native Christine Schrader has been the one behind the gowns of the Woodbury Ambassadors and the St. Paul Winter Carnival.

But this year, she’s turning in her needle and thread for a tiara now that she has been named the 2014 East Wind Princess of the St. Paul Winter Carnival.

“I was making the costumes when quite a few friends told me I should try it out,” the 1998 Woodbury High School graduate said.

Schrader was crowned during the Jan. 24 coronation ceremony at St. Paul’s RiverCentre.

As East Wind Princess, Schrader makes appearances with the entire St. Paul Winter Carnival Royal Family, which includes King Boreas, Aurora Queen of the Snows, the North Wind prince and princess, South Wind prince and princess, West Wind prince and princess and Schrader’s East Wind Prince.

“It’s just a big family,” Schrader said.

Schrader and the Royal Family visited Woodview Terrace Montessori, in Woodbury, on Friday.

Winter fun

Schrader, who currently lives in Lakeville, said she has fond memories of the St. Paul Winter Carnival growing up, specifically the ice sculptures and the ice castle.

“The ice castle is definitely one of my favorite memories,” she said.

Additionally, Schrader said she can remember being in awe of the Royal Family when she was younger, so it’s fun to be on the receiving end this time around.

“Everyone is just so excited to see us,” she said. “The little girls get so in awe of you that when you bend down to talk to them, they’re so cute because they don’t know what to do.”

Schrader began her candidacy for the Royal Family – specifically the queen – back in November.

In addition to candidate events, appearances and dinners, Schrader and the other candidates had to participate in several interview and question sessions.

Schrader was actually a candidate for the 2013 Royal Family, so she said this year’s candidacy was pretty comfortable for her.

“I think maybe because I went through it before I was a lot more relaxed this year,” she said. “Even though I wasn’t nervous at all during candidacy, when we put on our gowns for coronation night, the nerves came out.”

During the St. Paul Winter Carnival, which wrapped up last weekend, Schrader said the Royal Family would start their days early before making about 10 appearances per day in addition to special events and dinners throughout the whole carnival run.

“It’s a long day, but it’s so much fun that the time just flies,” she said.

Schrader and the Royal Family are also busy the rest of the year making various appearances around the state during festivals and parades.

Celebrating the East

Even though Schrader, who is in the United States Air Force, was competing for the title of Aurora, Queen of Snows, she said if she had to be a princess, she’s glad it’s the East Wind.

“I’ve been to Morocco twice on military trips and I really like the Eastern culture and the music and the food,” she said. “So, I really do like the East Wind.”

The East Wind Princess, according to Winter Carnival legend, is the wife of Euros, the East Wind Prince, Boreas’ brother who controls the “irresponsible East Wind.”

The East Wind’s signature color is purple.

“My favorite color has been purple forever,” she Schrader said

Schrader said she is excited to continue her reign as the East Wind Princess.

“There’s just this magic that the Winter Carnival royalty brings with them wherever they go,” she said. “Their eyes just light up when we walk into a room.”

Amber Kispert-Smith

Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.

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