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dazzling 05-07-2008 03:41 AM

April 2008 Official Picture of the Month Poll
Welcome to the April 2008 Official Picture of the Month Poll!

The monthly official polls will highlight the official side of royalty as opposed to the informal side of royalty.

The monthly polls will consist of pictures that show a royal on official business.
  • gala events such as the Nobel prize ceremonies, state visits, royal ceremonies such as the the Order of the Garter ceremony in Great Britain or the New Years gala for the Knights of the Order of the Elephant in Denmark, Opening of Parliament, coronations, enthronements.
  • openings of public events, government buildings, hospitals, christening of ships, official charity work
  • family celebrations (such as wedding, christening, or special days such as Victoria Day in Sweden or Queen's Day in the Netherlands, King Harald's 70th birthday) and the balcony shots that accompany them
  • among many other official events
We hope by the end of the year to have some really stunning and regal Picture of the Month winners to compete in our 2007 Picture of the Year awards.

For more information on the 2008 Picture of the Month schedule and all we have planned for 2008, take a look at this thread.

If you have any ideas or suggestions for future polls you can post them there or contact Empress, Dazzling or Mandy.

This month, our Picture of the Month representatives had help in selecting their images with a small committee of their choosing. Below, you can see each royal house's representative (in bold) followed by their chosen committee members.

Belgium: - Marengo, stephanievl, Johann

Britain: Avalon, TheTruth- milla Ca,

Brunei/Dubai/Malaysia/Morocco: Humera - Warren

Denmark: GlitteringTiaras - Jessrulz, Princess Robijn

Japan: Dragonsfire8, Vanesa

Jordan: Humera - Little_star, salma

Luxembourg: Jessrulz - grim_lady, kyansaunt20

Monaco: Iceflower - tbhrc, radker18, sgl

Norway: Her_Majesty - Kikkib, carlota, Atene, Rhapsody Brat

Spain: Anna_R - crisiñaki, Paty

Sweden: Iceflower, Madame Royale, HRH Kerry

The Netherlands: The Watcher, Marengo, Lucien

The pictures of this poll reflect the official royal events of January. The poll will be open for three weeks. It will close on June 3, 2008. During these three weeks, we ask that no one state whom they've voted for so as not to influence other members as they make their choices. For the final week of the month, you can discuss as much as you'd like about which image you voted for and why.

Please note that the links in the above poll have been posted in the order in which they were received and do not reflect the opinions of the moderating team.

Enjoy and have fun!:biggrin:
Empress, Mandy & Dazzling

dazzling 05-07-2008 03:51 AM

A.) Belgium

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Source: Belga

April 30, 2008 Prince Filips of Belgium welcomes Prince Felipe of Spain to Brussels at the Headquaters of the European Comission.

B.) Denmark

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Source: DRW

April 23, 2008 Mary at WHO European Immunization Week in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

C. Japan

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Source: YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images

April 17, 2008 Japanese Emperor Akihito (L) chats with guests during the annual spring garden party at Akasaka Imperial Park in Tokyo. Some 1,000 guests, including sumo grand champion Hakuho, were invited for the garden party hosted by the emperor.

D.) Sweden/ Luxembourg

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A royal meeting - Queen Silvia and King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden pose with Grand Duchess Maria Teresa and Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg before a state banquet at the Royal Palace in Stockholm on the first day of a three day state visit on April 15, 2008 in Stockholm, Sweden.

E.) Monaco

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April 26, 2008 A royal horse whisperer? - Prince Albert II of Monaco and his sister Princess Stephanie of Monaco attend an open air show of acrobatic horses with Alexis Gruss in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

F.) Norway

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April 12, 2008 Opening of the new Opera in Oslo- Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, Jens Stoltenberg, Germany's chancellor Angela Merkel and Crown Prince Haakon pictured after the Openinggala of the new Opera House in Oslo.

G. The Netherlands

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Princess Maxima, left, and her husband Crown Prince Willem Alexander, skate as the couple celebrates Queen's Day in Franeker.

H.) Britian

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Source: The Daily Mail

Princes Charles and William after his RAF graduation ceremony on April 11, 2008 in Cranwell, England.

I.) Brunei

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Source: Infofoto

April 9, 2008 – Crown Princess Sarah greets participants at the prize-distributing ceremony of the 2008 Charity Golf Tournament.

J.) Dubai

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Source: WAM

Princess Haya visits the African Children’s Feeding Scheme Center in Soweto, South Africa. The Center provides daily meals to malnourished, orphaned and HIV/AIDS affected children. The Princess, who is a UN Messenger of Peace, was on a two-day working visit to South Africa on the invitation of President Nelson Mandela.

K.) Jordan

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Source: Petra

April 13, 2008 – Princesses Aisha and Sarah, daughters of Prince Feisal and Princess Alia, open Kids Land Center in Amman. The event was the twins’ first official solo engagement.

L.) Malaysia

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Source: Reuters

29, 2008 – King Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin and wife Queen Nur Zahirah are pictured walking to Parliament House during the State Opening of Parliament in Kuala Lumpur. The royal couple are followed by Abdullah Ahmed Badawi, Prime Minister of Malaysia.

M.) Morocco

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Source: MAP

April 5, 2008 – Princess Lalla Meryem and her brother Prince Moulay Rachid attend festivities marking the 1200th anniversary of the imperial city of Fez.

JessRulz 05-14-2008 01:44 AM

Would we be able to get the Sweden picture changed to read Sweden/Luxembourg as both teams decided to join up for this month's PoM? :smile:

Mandy 05-14-2008 02:15 AM

Sorry about that Jess, but I've now added Luxembourg to Sweden! :flowers:

princess leonor 05-14-2008 02:43 AM

Lovely pictures again, good job everyone. Some very nice ones among them. Just one tiny question, is there no picture for Spain this month?

Empress 05-14-2008 07:09 AM

Spains team did not submit a picture for this poll, or the royal jewel poll. If you are interested in joining the Spanish PoM team, please PM me.

JessRulz 05-15-2008 01:30 AM

Thanks Mandy! :flowers:

Marengo 05-15-2008 09:13 AM


Originally Posted by Empress (Post 765537)
Spains team did not submit a picture for this poll, or the royal jewel poll. If you are interested in joining the Spanish PoM team, please PM me.

Well, Spain is kind of represented in the Belgian picture too, since it shows the two Felipe & Filips greeting each other.

:belgiumflag: :belgiumstandard: :spainflag: :spainstandard:

Vanesa 05-16-2008 05:28 PM

I choose something related to an historical event. But all the pics are greatly choiced, as ever! :flowers:


PrincessofEurope 05-19-2008 05:07 PM

the one of maxima skating is priceless its so funny seeing someone skating in a hat!!!!!

Glistening Seas 05-20-2008 10:04 AM

Glistening Seas
:lol: Once again the mod's have outdone themselves and placed all the mah-velous pics in one pole. it's quite impossible to choose!:flowers: The fab colors in the Swedes pics and the backdrop are breathtaking elegante' as well as the colors in the skating pics. It seems everyone has had a great fashion choice for pics. Of course all these choices make it requiring some thought indeed!

Marengo 05-20-2008 10:10 AM

well, not only the moderators outdone themselves (yet again ;)) but most people in the PoM comitee's are non-mod members of this forum!

Her_Majesty 06-03-2008 05:12 AM

Winners of the Poll: :flowers:

1) The Netherlands Gallery: Maxima op de schaats

2) Sweden /Luxembourg

3) Belgium

Marengo 06-04-2008 04:50 AM

:dutchflag:Well, it seems to be a Benelux- top 3 (with a Swedish flavour). As I am in the Dutch and Belgium PoM team: thanks for your votes! :belgiumflag:

iceflower 06-07-2008 03:16 AM

Congratulations to the Netherlands team!!! :smile::smile:
And I'm happy to see that our Sweden/Luxembourg pic
has won the second place - thanks for all your votes!! :flowers:

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