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. King Friday evolved into the king of the whole universe and eventually just the king of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.
Born on Friday the 13th, the son of King Charming Thursday. 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. 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 Trumpeters. 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 (the scientific names, in genus and species, of the house wren and the mockingbird, respectively). He also once owned a bird named Cherry which died.
One of King Friday’s favorite treats is cup custard. According to a Neighborhood census, King Friday can whistle and his favorite color is purple.