Tournament of Roses Crowns a Young Princess Rose

Rose and her mother before wardrobe changeRose, her mother, and the Royal CourtRose, her mother, her sister, and the Royal CourtPrincess Rukan Saif and Princess Reese Rosental Saporito attend to Rose\'s sisterRose, her mother, her sister, and the Royal CourtRose having tea with the Royal CourtRose and her family having tea with the Royal CourtRose (at left) and her sisterPasadena City College Herald TrumpetsRose, her mother, and Prince Charming Police Officer greeting guestsRose and the Royal CourtRose being escorted to the horse-drawn carriageRose Princess for a DayRose and her family inside the horse-drawn carriageRose and her family inside the horse-drawn carriageRose’s sisterRose and her family inside the horse-drawn carriagePrincess Cole Fox greeting guestsRose, her sister, and the Royal CourtRose (at right) and her sisterGuests gathered for Rose’s coronationPrincess Reese Rosental Saporito, Princess Cole Fox, RosePrincess Reese Rosental Saporito, Princess Cole Fox, RoseRose and the Royal Court

Photography by SHIRLEY HUANG

5:19 am | October 28, 2019


A young girl afflicted with a rare disorder was granted her wish by the Tournament of Roses Royal Court to become a princess for a day during a magical ceremony Saturday at Tournament House.

Six-year-old Rose Mendoza suffers from a rare genetic disorder called Sanfilippo Syndrome, which primarily affects the brain and spinal cord. She is also autistic.

But little Rose was rapturous last week during the coronation ceremony for Rose Queen Camille Kennedy, overtaken by sheer enthusiasm and delight at seeing the Queen and Court being crowned.

The Tournament of Roses teamed with the Make-A-Wish foundation to make Rose’s dream to become a princess for a day, a reality.

The day included a makeover complete with a custom princess dress, a carriage ride through Pasadena, a Pasadena Police Officer escorting her as Prince Charming, a royal tea party and throngs of well-wishers who cheered her as greeted them.