Probably most persons who know that His Majesty's Creams which are attached to his carriage on great state occasions are of Hanoverian blood, are quite unaware that there is, or at all events was until recently, a breed of equally valuable white horses in the royal stables of Herrenhausen. No doubt the national emblem of Hanover - a white horse - was derived from this ancient breed, which was utilized for drawing the king on state occasions, just as the creams, or "Isabels" as they are styled in their own country, were pressed at the same time into fulfilling a similar duty to the queen. Whence these two breeds originally came, the writer was unable to ascertain when he paid a visit to the Herrenhausen stables, as the memory of the oldest retainer belonging to the establishment was a blank upon the subject; but there are very good grounds for believing that the creams are descended from an ancient Danish breed of that colour. Their antiquity, however, is unquestionable, and what is more, both varieties breed perfectly true to colour; and a most remarkable peculiarity of the white horses - "white-boned horses" as they are known in Hanover - is that the foals are all thrown absolutely white, a fact which was proved by the existence of one only a few hours old in one of the boxes at the time of the writer's visit to Herrenhausen.
Irrespective of their unusual colour, their antiquity, and the fact that until Hanover ceased to exist as an independent state, the whites and the creams were respectively the horses of the king and queen, there is nothing extremely remarkable about them. They were all tall, powerful animals, rather inclined to coarseness, and not particularly good about the shoulders, but no doubt serviceable if put to work, which, however, they very rarely were. Their tails, which were squared, extended down to their heels, and their manes were correspondingly long. They are stated to be an extremely long-lived breed, and as the founders of the sovereign of England's stud of state horses, will always be regarded with feelings of deep interest if not of veneration by his loyal subjects.