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LadyK 03-08-2009 06:40 PM

Historical Royal Portraits (February 2009 Informal Poll)
Welcome to the February 2009 Informal Picture of the Month Poll showcasing
Historical Royal Portraits

In this month's poll we have some historical portraits of royalty from our Picture of the Month Committees.

The monthly informal polls will highlight the un-official/historical and rarely seen side of royalty as opposed to the formal side of royalty.

The informal polls will consist of pictures that show a royal or some aspect of royal life historical or present that is more candid than our formal polls.

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

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

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, Carlota

Spain: Paty - Lula

Sweden: Iceflower, HRH Kerry

The Netherlands: The Watcher, Marengo, Lucien

A special thanks goes out to Humera and Warren who also contributed pictures for Bukhara, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, and Turkey.

The poll will be open for three weeks. It will close on 27 March 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 random order and do not reflect the opinions of the moderating team.

Enjoy and have fun!

Empress & LadyK

LadyK 03-08-2009 06:45 PM

A. Sweden

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Source: Wikipedia (Image is Public Domain

A portrait of Queen Josefina in 1825 – Queen Josefina born as Joséphine of Leuchtenberg in Italy in 1807, was the Queen consort of Oscar I of Sweden and Norway. She was very popular both within the court and with the public and was involved in charity and reforms in Sweden. Her marriage that included the birth of 5 children was happy untill she found out about her husband's unfaithfulness. Josefina died in Stockholm in 1876.

B. Bukhara

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Source: Wikipedia (Image is Public Domain)

Mohammed Alim Khan, the last Emir of the Emirate of Bukhara in Central Asia is pictured in a photograph from 1911. A descendant of Genghis Khan, the Emir reigned from 1911 to 1920.

C. Turkey

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Her Imperial Highness, Princess Neslişah Osmanoğlu is a granddaugther of the last Ottoman Caliph Abdülmecid II and the last Ottoman Sultan Mehmed VI. The Princess grew up in Nice, France after her family was exiled. She married Prince Muhammad Abdel Moneim of Egypt in 1940.

D. Spain

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Queen Ena of Spain. This is not a official portrait, but the view of a mom spending a good time at the beach in Santander. A Queen of Spain but also a mom.

E. Morocco

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Source: LIFE

Lalla Fatima Zohra of French Morocco is pictured in 1949 before her wedding to Moulay Hassan, the Caliph of Spanish Morocco.

F. Monaco

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Source: bunte

The Princely Family of Monaco - Prince Louis II of Monaco (center) poses with his daughter Princess Charlotte and her husband Prince Pierre and the two grandchildren Prince Rainier and Princess Antoinette in 1923/24.

G. Egypt

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Queen Farida, wife of King Farouk, in her splendid court dress.

H. Luxembourg

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Source: Viewimages

Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg and Prince Felix of Bourbon-Parma on their wedding day in 1919

I. Belgium

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Source: Picture is Public Domain

The Princess of Rethy, second wife of king Leopold III and their daughter princess Marie-Christine.

J. Iran

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Queen Soraya, born Soraya Esfandiari-Bakhtiari in a formal portrait. Soraya became the second wife of Shah Muhammad Reza Pahlavi of Iran on February 12, 1951 until the couple's divorce in 1958.

K. Great Britain

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Source: Wikipedia (Picture is Public Domain)

Queen Anne (1665-1714). Portrait by Willem Wissing, 1687.

L. Netherlands

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Source: Marius Meijboom

Queen Juliana, Prince Bernhard and their daughters Princesses Beatrix, Irene, Margriet en Christina on 6 September 1948, the day Juliana succeeded her mother Wilhelmina as Queen of the Netherlands.

M. Jordan

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Source: Corbis

Queen Zein al-Sharaf, wife of King Talal and mother of King Hussein of Jordan. The Queen played an integral part in the political development of her Kingdom, taking part in the writing of the 1952 Constitution which gave full rights to the women of Jordan and creating the first women's union in the country.

N. Iraq

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The young King Faisal II ca. 1940s. Faisal was the last king of Iraq, reigning from 1939 to 1958 when he was killed along with other members of his family during a coup d'état.

O. Norway

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Source: Picture is Public Domain

King Haakon VII and his wife Queen Maud of Norway on their official coronation portait in 1905. King Haakon VII reigned from 1905 to 1957.

Her_Majesty 03-09-2009 12:27 PM

Don't forget to vote for your favourite picture of the month february, too. :flowers:

kyansaunt20 03-09-2009 02:17 PM

wow these are wonderful photos! i love looking at historical photos!

iakynthi 03-09-2009 04:01 PM

These portraits are really nice.I voted for a "historical beauty" this time :flowers:

ANNIE_S 03-09-2009 04:27 PM

Wow!! How many wonderful photos! I love old photographies, this poll is amazing :flowers:

Mandy 03-09-2009 04:50 PM

Please, don't state who you voted for until the poll is closed.

Thanks, :flowers:

White Princess 03-09-2009 04:59 PM

I can't even choose, there are too many good pictures... Great poll.

This one of Princess Charlotte and her children I've never seen before. Amazing.

sofia 03-12-2009 10:57 AM

I like the picture of LALA Fatima because she is related to the Moroccan Monarchy.

queenofcelts 03-12-2009 01:31 PM

This poll is real treasure, I have to say!

Lady Claire 03-12-2009 08:57 PM

This is a great poll. I don't think I can decide!

auntie 03-13-2009 04:49 AM

Most of the portraits were good, a hard choice between: Sweden, GBritain, Egypt, Iran, Spain and The netherlands.

dazzling 03-13-2009 05:09 AM

Iran & Egypt portraits are beautiful, difficult choice between the two.

Vanesa 03-20-2009 12:57 AM

Well...It's pretty difficult to choice only one of those wonderful pics you posted, people! The "Historical poll" is actually more hard for me than modern polls ones! :biggrin: However, I've already decided. And for the first time, I think that the "Historical February poll" is related to my decission at the "contemporary" February poll. Of course I cannot said why I voted in such a why HERE...cause my choice will be known at once ! :whistling: So, just wait until the end...

Vanesa. :lol:

QUEENECE29 03-20-2009 06:48 AM

Was a difficult choice for me. I remained a long time between three photos.

logansrest 03-24-2009 07:10 PM

One photograph stood out head and shoulders for me :)

lucien 03-28-2009 03:18 AM

And the winner is.....:dutchstandard:!

Thank you all for your votes!:flowers:

The pic was/is very special to us in the light of the Juliana Commemoration Year,
as it is the 100th anniversary of her birth on april 30th.

Humera 03-29-2009 04:41 AM

Queen Soraya came in a close second. Iran and the Netherlands were tied for the longest time, I was wondering which one would make it to the top.

Princess_Beatrix 04-03-2009 01:02 PM

I loved the picture of Soraya. She was really beautiful.

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