His Highness Emperor Norton Is Getting Married!!


The Royal Couple

Hear ye! Hear ye!

His imperial highness, Emperor Norton I (aka Bernal neighbor Joseph Amster), will marry his beloved this weekend, with all the pomp and ceremony their exalted stature demands. Bernalwood received the proclamation:

A Royal Wedding, San Francisco Style

You may have seen them around town: Norton I, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico, and the Countess Lola Montez of Lansfeld, either giving walking tours or a presence at civic events like the annual 1906 earthquake commemoration. What is less known are the people behind the personalities.

Joseph Amster and Rick Shelton are a couple of seven years, and are getting married on Saturday, Oct. 24 at Congregation Sherith Israel.

Avid historians, this Bernal Heights-based couple launched Time Machine Tours in 2011, giving historical tours of San Francisco as beloved characters from the city’s past.

“Many people know us as simply the Emperor and the Countess, but we have lives outside of those roles,” said Amster. “Our friends and family have asked if we are getting married in character, but we decided this special day should be about us.”


BIG, big Bernal congratulations to Neighbors Joseph and Rick!

PHOTOS: Courtesy of Emperor Norton

11 thoughts on “His Highness Emperor Norton Is Getting Married!!

  1. Congrats to SF’s legendary couple! I’ll be toasting you from Twin Peaks (not the hill, the Tavern in the Castro)!! Marti (Kit’s friend)

  2. Mazel tov! I met you last year at Rylan and Howard’s wedding and you both seemed like gracious wonderful people. Blessings and love on your special day.

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