Royal Approval - The Champion Princess
Although there is no act of Parliament banning living
monarchs on pub signs, there has always been a serious
code of practice since Victorian times that this could
not be done without specific permission from the Palace.
The Champion Princess (painted in one week!) was a
"rushed" commission showing Princess Anne and the horse
she rode when she won the three days horse trials, was
supposed to be presented to her when she officially
opened the National Brewery Centre in Burton upon Trent.
However this was denied as no official request had been
asked for by The Inn Sign Society and hence no
permission granted by the Palace. Apparently, you need
at least six months to inform them of this sort of
intention. However, the Princess Royal, later gave
permission, in a very nice letter, for it to go on
permanent exhibition at the museum, the only time a
member of the Royal Family has ever done this.