King Friday XIII

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King Friday XIII was born on Friday the 13th[1], the son of King Charming Thursday XII[2] and Queen Cinderella Monday.[3][4] He began attending the Kingly School when he was six months old and soon became the King of Upper Afghanistan and eventually King of Calendarland.

King Friday is best known as the ruler of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe where he lives in the castle with his wife, Queen Sara Saturday, and his son, Prince Tuesday. King Friday has two siblings -- Paul and Claire and several nieces and nephews including Nicky, Quentin, Polly, Kevin, and Lady Aberlin.[5] He is also the great-great-great-great grandson of King Monday IX.

King Friday is a proud ruler who attended King and Queen school when he was young. He often finds himself busy with his various kingly duties. He is known to create outrageous and somewhat-random rules within his kingdom and expects everyone to obey his every commands.

Typically King Friday's presence is announced with a fanfare played by the Royal Trumpters. He addresses visitors to the castle by name (e.g. "Robert Troll, I presume.") and expects a respectful response ("Correct, as usual, King Friday.").

A lover of the arts, King Friday enjoys viewing performances throughout the Neighborhood. He, himself, plays the bass violin and often creates kingly versions of commons songs and poems.

King Friday has two pet birds, Mimus Polyglottos and Troglodytes Aedon. He once owned a bird named Cherry which died.[6]

One of King Friday's favorite treats is cup custard.[7] According to a Neighborhood census, King Friday can whistle and his favorite color is purple.[8]


Calendarland vs. The Neighborhood of Make-Believe

King Friday XIII originally appeared on the Children’s Corner where he was the king of Calendarland and gave instructions to Tomorrow before he/she became Today. With Misterogers, he evolved into the king of the whole universe and eventually just the king of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.


Puppet Demonstration

Mister Rogers demonstrates the King Friday puppet in Episodes 1384, 1456, 1530, and 1689.


Images

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The King of Calendarland
[Children’s Corner]
Illustrated on the cover of the King Friday XIII Celebrates LP
King Friday XIII
[Episode 0001]
With Queen Sara
[Episode 1101]
Puppet demonstration
[Episode 1384]
Practicing the bass violin
[Episode 1664]
Wearing extra fancy robes for the Art Contest. [Episode 1765]
Seen without his crown
[Episode 1640]
King Friday -- head to toe
[Episode 1748]
Baby King Friday with his parents [Episode 1668]
Illustrated in Planet Purple
Illustrated in Pencil Play Book
Illustrated in Everyone is Special
Illustrated in Tomorrow on the Children's Corner (Songbook)

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Notes

  • Neighbor Aber dresses up as King Friday in Episodes 1558-1560
  • In early episodes, King Friday was referred to as "Great Uncle Friday" by Lady Aberlin rather than "Uncle Friday."
  • Joey Hollingsworth wears a King Friday costume in Episodes 1028-1029.

Puppet / Costume Variations

Bob Brown uses a King Friday marrionette in Episode 1250.

0002, 0003, 0005 Wears war helmet (with 13 stars) 
0038 Wears his finest crown
0093 Wears a fancy crown
0120 Wears rain gear
Sometime between 1128 & 1139 Gown changes from white/cream to blue
1137 Wears grey sweatshirt
1386 Wears a colorful robe
1479 Changes out of search party clothes and hat
1480 Wears flying suit and goggles
1514 Wears timekeeper’s visor for Olympic Games
1526 Wears sunglasses
1528, 1529, 1530 Wears hardhat
1545 Dressed for wedding ceremony
1573 Wears a suit
1594, 1595 Wears “Generosity” crown cover
1604, 1605 Wears Reindeer Tiger team uniform
1617 Wears nose muff
1636 Wears a bird costume
1638, 1639, 1640 Wears new cape and robe for school play
1638 Tries on chef’s hat
1640 Wears spare crown
1640, 1711, 1713, 1715 Removes/doesn’t wear crown
1671, 1672, 1673, 1674, 1675 Wears three-cornered hat
1690 Wears birthday hat
1708 Wears cereal proof armor
1711 Wears swim cap and goggles on head
1713, 1715 Wears head scarf
1715 Puts on a cap with a crown on it
1740 Wears hat for parade
1744, 1745 Wears volunteer firefighter helmet
1748 Wears safety gear and parachute
1748 Puppet feet shown
1755 Wears night-robes and nightcap
1765 Wears special robe for Art Festival

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

In Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, King Friday continues to rule over the Neighborhood of Make-Belive. In addition to Prince Tuesday, King Friday has another son -- Prince Wednesday.


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References

  1. Episode 1450. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
  2. Carey, Josie; Rogers, Fred (1954). Our Small World. Reed and Witting Company. p 15
  3. Carey, Josie; Rogers, Fred (1954). Our Small World. Reed and Witting Company. p 15
  4. WQED Station Program Guide (1954). Image provided by Mr. Norbert Nathanson
  5. Episode 1553. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
  6. Episode 1669. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
  7. Episode 0038. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
  8. Episode 1651. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

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