“Mirth is king.” This simple phrase is the motto of the Royal Order of Jesters, a fraternal organization of Shriners handpicked to promote laughter and fun in the world. The Royal Order of Jesters believes that it is important for people to stop and enjoy a good laugh from time to time, no matter what their situation in life. Licensed court jesters were an integral part of life under monarchic governments in Europe for hundreds of years. Famous fools like Elizabeth I’s “Patch” and Louis XII’s “Triboulet” served an important role in lightening the mood of the court, providing entertainment and satire for those in attendance. In homage to the aristocratic history of the court fool, the Royal Order of Jesters has its own coat of arms, featuring the organization’s mascot, the billiken. The billiken doll represented happiness and good fortune in the early part of the 20th century. The organization has used the cherubic doll with a jolly grin as its symbol since its foundation in 1911.The Order began on a trip to Hawaii, at the time a recently acquired U.S. territory. Those who would become the founding members of the society met with Liliuokalani, the last queen of the formerly sovereign nation. The exact details of the proceedings that led to the group’s foundation are more or less lost, although at least one of its members suggests that the word “Royal” was added in part because it seemed proper at the time to acknowledge the group’s origins on an island “long ruled by kings and queens.”Today, the Royal Order of Jesters continues its work bringing mirth and happiness to the world. Their motto remains the same as it did 101 years ago when a few people got together and decided that the world needed a little more laughter.