Photo by: Marion Curtis/ / Location: The New York Palace Hotel

At an event yesterday at the New York Palace in Manhattan, highlighted by a rare gathering of all eight Disney Princess characters, Princess Tiana (The Princess & The Frog) was officially welcomed and crowned as the ninth member of the Disney Princess Royal Court.

Princess Tiana pulled up to the Palace by horse-drawn carriage, surrounded by little princesses in gowns, as trumpeters lined the courtyard’s aisle and created a canopy for her entrance. A royal proclamation was read and Prince Naveen crowned Tiana as the ninth Disney Princess, with Ariel, Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Belle, Cinderella, Jasmine, Mulan, Pocahontas, and Snow White looking on.

As the newest Disney Princess character, Tiana will be included in all Disney Princess merchandise programs that feature multiple Disney Princess characters, starting this July.

The Princess and the Frog will arrive on Disney Blu-Ray on March 16.