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All Hail the Queen: Medieval Times replaces king with queen. (Caroline Patrickis/ABC7)
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All Hail the Queen: Medieval Times replaces king with queen

There's a new ruler at the Maryland Medieval times, the dinner and tournament show featuring staged medieval-style games, sword-fighting and jousting.

However, if you go to catch a show this fall, you'll notice something drastically different.

For the last 34 years, a king has been at the center of the production. That is, until recently. Now, it's all hail the queen.

This is the first time that a woman will reign over the kingdom.

Amy Parochetti, a former princess with the company, was recently promoted to queen of the show in Hanover, Maryland. "We knew something was in the works. About three years ago, there was talks about a new concept. Then, a year ago, the show debuted in Dallas, we were pleasantly surprised to find out that a queen was taking the throne."

Parochetti says after the news broke, she knew she wanted to become a queen.

The change came from a request by the audience members. "According to the guest feedback, they wanted to see a female in a more prominent position" Parochetti said.

The show was completely rewritten to empower and inspire women and young girls. "It's exciting to become a positive role model. For boys, girls and all of the guests to come and see a female in charge of the kingdom," Parochetti said.

The new, women-centric show is now debuting in nine castles including the one in Hanover.

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