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King William III Prince of Orange and the symbolism of a Ceramic White Horse.

King William III Prince of Orange and the symbolism of a Ceramic White Horse.

In what history has coined the ‘Glorious Revolution’ William of Orange invaded Brixham, Southwest England on 5th November 1688.

He Stepped ashore proclaiming:

“The liberties of England and the Protestant faith I will maintain.”

On 28th December 1688 William made a triumphant march into London ending the reign of King James II.

Meaning of the White Horse

In the painting of King William III Prince of Orange he is portrayed on a White horse.  The painting shows him landing in Brixham on 5th November 1688. Although it is thought William didn’t own a white horse at that time. The painter probably painted William on a white horse as the white horse symbolises the heavens, justice and holiness endowed with sacred status. In this context, the white is used to signify Kingship.

Meaning of the Ceramic White Horse

After the Battle of the Boyne William is again portrayed crossing the Boyne on a white horse. Individuals who supported the king showed their allegiance to him by placing ceramic white horses in their homes, especially in the windows above their front doors.  This practice was carried on into the twentieth century.