And, of course, that pattern has continued into this year, with large crowds and gatherings not seen to be conducive to ridding us of the coronavirus pandemic.
But what about those who had been named as 2020 principals before it all happened?
Melrose went some way to rectifying the issue last Friday, with a unique, socially distant ceremony in which 2020 Festival Queen Lucy Whiting was finally crowned by her mum.
The ceremony took place at Queen Lucy's home, with only her family and a few people, including Melrosian elect Douglas Crawford and festival chairman Rob Moffat attending.
Festival spokesman Douglas Hardie said: “We thought it was only fair that the achievements of those who
This is the full list of court and cyclists below.
Queen – Lucy Whiting; first attendant – Orla Armstrong; second attendant – Zoe Wight; courtier proclamation – Ben McLaren; courtier crown & sceptre – Jack Fourie; herald 1 – Adam Bogus; herald 2 – Morgan Frost; trainbearers – Ella Scully and Sophie Ruthven; cyclists – first, Maisie Presslie; second, Freya Comins; third, Phoebe Vickery. Art winner – Jaxson Douglas.