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LadyK 01-28-2009 11:29 AM

January 2009 Official Picture of the Month
Welcome to the
January 2009 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 2008 Picture of the Year awards.

If you have any ideas or suggestions for future polls you can contact Empress or LadyK.

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, LadyLeana

Britain: TheTruth - jcbcode99,Menarue

Brunei/Malaysia/Dubai/Morocco: Humera - Warren

Denmark: GlitteringTiaras - Jessrulz, Princess Robijn

Greece: Rhapsodybrat - Odette

Japan: Dragonsfire8, Al_bina

Jordan: Humera - Little_star, salma

Liechtenstein: HRH Kerry

Luxembourg: Jessrulz - grim_lady, kyansaunt20

Monaco: Iceflower - radker18,

Norway: Her_Majesty - Kikkib, Rhapsody Brat

Spain: Paty -

Sweden: Iceflower, 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 27 February 2009. 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! :flowers:
Empress & LadyK

LadyK 02-05-2009 11:26 AM

A. Monaco

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Source: gettyimages

A royal award ceremony - Princess Stephanie of Monaco, President of Monaco's circus festival, poses with aerial acrobats "Flight of Passion" as they receive the 'Gold Clown' award at the official award gala evening of the 33rd Monte Carlo International Circus Festival on January 20, 2009 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco.

B. Norway

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Source: Bjørn Sigurdsøn/NRK

Reverendt Gunnar Næsheim is hoding Emma Tallulah Behn during the Christening ceremony of Princess Märtha Louise's daughter Emma Tallulah at the Royal Palace chapel in Oslo, Norway, January 20, 2009

C. Belgium

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Source: Daylife

27 January 2009, Brussels, Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde attending one of the traditional new year receptions at the royal palace in Brussels.

D. Japan

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Source: AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO

Visiting Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov, accompanied by his wife Zorka Parvanova, is greeted by Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko for a luncheon at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on January 26, 2009. Parvanov is now here on a five-day visit to Japan.

E. Sweden

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Very well protected - Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden during the inauguration of the Lillesjo power plant in Udevalla, West Sweden, January 19, 2009.

F. Spain

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Queen Sofia is pictured with four girls of the Saint Francis de Assisi School in Gonaives, Haiti, on the occasion of her co-operation trip to Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

G. Great Britain

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Source: Gettyimages

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, smiles as she meets puppies at the Metropolitan Police Dog Training Centre on January 29, 2009 in Keston, London.

LadyK 02-07-2009 12:14 PM

H. Denmark

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Source: DRW and via Billed Bladet

Prince Joachim and Princess Marie attend the 2009 New Year's Court Banquet.

I. Luxembourg

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Source: Cour grand-ducale/Carlo Hommel

Grand Duke Henri receives Hans-Gert Pöttering, the President of the European Parliament, in an audience during his visit to Luxembourg at the Grand Ducal Palace on January 27, 2009.

J. Brunei

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Source: Infofoto

January 4, 2008 - Crown Princess Sarah takes part in the Shahbandar Hill Challenge, organized to mark World Forestry Day 2008. More than 300 contestants took part in the Challenge held at the Bukit Shahbandar Recreational Park. The Princess won third place in the Women's Open Category.

K. Dubai

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Source: AP

Princess Haya makes a draw at the inaugural Women's Rugby World Cup Sevens during the Official Draw on January 19, 2009. The World Cup will take place from March 5-7 in Dubai.

L. Jordan

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Source: Petra

Prince Hamzah inaugurates the Al Faisalieh Forest Project. The project, financed by the Dutch government, seeks to help resolve environmental problems in the area.

M. Morocco

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Source: MAP

Princess Lalla Hasna speaks at the signing ceremony of two agreements launching an eco-epidemiological study and the "green enterprises" program in Casablanca. The Princess is chairwoman of the Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection.

N. The Netherlands

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Source: ANP

Abu Dhabi, 01/19/09 Prince Willem-Alexander and princess Maxima, covered in a jellabah, visit the Mosque Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

Her_Majesty 02-09-2009 10:40 AM

Don't forget to vote for your Picture of the Year 2008 too! :flowers:

iakynthi 02-15-2009 04:32 PM

Nice photos!!I voted for beauty this time...

Lakshmi 02-18-2009 01:02 AM

Some nice pics. I did not have problem with choosing my favorite one.

Her_Majesty 02-27-2009 02:38 PM

The poll is closed. Here are the winners of the January Poll:

1. Denmark

2. Norway

3. Spain

Thanks for your votes! :flowers:

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