Of Horses & Kings

Why is it that Western royalty is almost always associated with riding horses? If you search for images of kings, queens, princes and princesses, you will always find pictures of them in equestrian riding apparel. Sometimes you see them riding a horse or holding on to the reins of the horse. Most old pictures or paintings have royalty in equestrian riding apparel even without a horse. However, I don't remember seeing the late Princess Diana riding a horse or wearing the riding apparel. I can't find any picture of her sitting on a horse or in the riding garb.

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