Sir Alfred Munings
The Gold State Coach at the Royal Mews
With their shared love of all things equestrian, it is perhaps unsurprising that Alfred Munnings was drawn into the orbit of the Royal Family. His career as a society equestrian painter took off after the First World War, with a commission from Princess Alice (George V’s cousin) to paint her husband, the Earl of Athlone. In 1920 he painted The Prince of Wales on ‘Forest Witch’ (private collection), portraying the most glamorous young man of the era – the future Edward VIII – out hunting. In 1925 Queen Mary commissioned The State Procession to Ascot (Royal Collection). Munnings was given permission to make studies of the Windsor Greys, the magnificent horses which pull the royal carriages.