We Kalakaua by the Grace of God King of the Hawaiian Islands, agreeably to Article Twenty-Second of the Constitution of Our Kingdom, do hereby appoint, failing an Heir of Our body, Our beloved subject and sister, Her Royal Highness Lydia Kamakaeha Liliuokalani to be Our Successor on the Throne as Queen after it shall have pleased God to call Us hence.
Done at Iolani Palace in Honolulu, this Twelfth Day of April, in the Year of Our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Seventy Seven.
By the King:
J. Mott Smith, Minister of the Interior.
(Hawaiian Gazette, 4/25/1877, p. 2)