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LadyK 12-09-2013 07:35 PM

Royals and their Horses (November 2013 Informal Poll)
Welcome to the
November 2013 Informal Picture Poll

Royals and their Horses!

The pictures in this poll show the informal side of royalty. This month's poll features the animal probably most associated with royalty- the horse! Royals love their horses, whether for ceremonial use, sport, or just as beloved pets.

The poll will close on 30 December 2013. During this time you can discuss as much as you'd like about which image you voted for, as long as you say why.

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.

stephanievl - Marengo, Lina RdC

Sunnystar - soapstar, Zonk

Humera - Warren

Humera - Mademoiselle Lilo, shrifia

Princess Robijn - Jessrulz, Sternchen

Dragonsfire8 - Al_bina, kkgg1011

Humera - salma

Jessrulz - kyansaunt20

Iceflower - radker18,

Her_Majesty - Maura724

Her_Majesty -

Iceflower -

The Netherlands
Marika86 - Marengo, Lucien

If you have any ideas or suggestions for future polls, please contact LadyK and/or dazzling

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! :flowers:
LadyK & dazzling

LadyK 12-09-2013 07:48 PM

A. Belgium
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Belgium's Princess Mathilde, Duchess of Brabant (now Queen Mathilde) and her daughter Princess Eleonore visit the educational farm De Pierlapont in Loppem, July 8, 2010.
Source: Corbis

B. Morocco
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King Hassan II of Morocco and President Reagan riding during a horseback riding trip at Fairfield Farm in Winchester, Virginia, 19 May 1982.
Source: The Ronald Reagan Foundation and Presidential Library

C. Sweden
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King Carl Gustaf and Princess Madeleine riding in summer 2010.

D. Monaco
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Charlotte Casiraghi with a beautiful horse in 2010
Source: ELLE

E. Dubai
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Princess Haya is pictured with Joviality during Ascot 2012. The princess’s horse won the Windsor Forest Stakes.
Source: Thoroughbred News

F. The Netherlands
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The then Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Crown Princess Maxima riding horses in Ulan Bator, Mongolia, during an Official Visit. June 17, 2006
Source: ANP Foto

G. Norway
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Princess Märtha Louise of Norway is pictures riding a horse for a photoshoot with Scanorama.
Source: Faximil från Scanorama

H. Spain
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Infanta Elena and her horse Qantas are pictured at the Global Masters tour in Valenci.
Source: gettyimages

I. Great Britain
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Queen Elizabeth II riding Burmese during the Trooping the Color. Burmese was given to the queen in 1969 by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The queen rode the mare during each Trooping of the Color for eighteen years. Upon Burmese's retirement in 1986, the queen stopped riding during the Trooping of the Color, instead using a carriage to travel to the event, and a dais to inspect the troops. Reportedly, riding Burmese during the Trooping of the Color was the only time the queen rode sidesaddle, usually preferring to ride astride.
Source: the official website of the British Monarchy,

J. France
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The painting Napoleon Crossing the Alps, by Jacques-Louis David, features a horse believed to be Marengo, Napoleon's famous war horse, ridden in numerous battles during the Napoleonic wars, including the Battle of Waterloo.
Source: Photo image: Public Domain, Original Painting: Jacques-Louis David, 1800.

fairy tale 12-16-2013 03:07 PM

What a beautiful collection of pictures! :flowers:

fandesacs2003 12-16-2013 03:59 PM

Absolutely lovely pics, what a pleasure! Thanks so much for posting.
I have a question. Is it any special reason the Queen rode saddleside at the Trooping the Color?

dazzling 12-31-2013 02:30 AM

Congratulations to the winning teams

1. Belgium
2. The Netherlands
3. Great Britain

Poll is now closed :flowers:

KittyAtlanta 12-31-2013 09:09 AM

Notice how large the figure of Napoleon appears, compared to reports of his small stature. Horses are generally larger than men of any stature.

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