Queen Elizabeth II is known around the world for her love of corgis. While she’s arguably the most dog-obsessed member of the British royal family, many royals love dogs. And their dogs are practically royals themselves. Ahead, find out how the dogs get the royal treatment and why the queen’s dog are No. 1 at Buckingham Palace.
Queen Elizabeth’s dogs eat catered food
According to Hello! Magazine, Brian Hoey’s book, Pets by Royal Appointment, says the queen’s dogs eat food prepared by a chef. Their food is made from scratch using fresh ingredients. The book also says the dogs’ menu is typed up every day and displayed in the kitchen.
Next: The queen’s dogs eat food made fresh daily.
Each menu is dog-specific for Queen Elizabeth’s dogs
The dogs don’t all eat the same food for dinner. Each meal is designed based on each dog’s specific needs. Animal behaviorist and corgi trainer Dr. Roger Mugford told Town and Country, “Each dog had an individually designed menu, including an array of homeopathic and herbal remedies.” Mugford added the dogs eat out of “an eclectic collection of battered silver and porcelain dishes.”
Next: Find out how Prince Charles’ dog started a dog hunt.
Prince Charles’ dog started a massive dog hunt
In 1994, Prince Charles was walking his dogs, Tigga and Pooh, at the family’s 50,000-acre Balmoral estate when Pooh ran away, according to The Telegraph. When the dog didn’t come back, Prince Charles placed a newspaper ad offering a reward for his lost dog. He received tips from estate workers, psychics, gillies, and bailiffs. But he never saw the dog again.
Next: The queen feeds her dogs dinner.
The queen’s dogs eat promptly at 5 p.m.
The dogs keep to a tight schedule, Hello! Magazine reports. They eat dinner every night at 5 p.m. when their food is delivered from the kitchen. The queen sometimes pours gravy over the food before feeding them dinner herself.
Next: Queen Elizabeth II walks her dogs every afternoon.
Her Majesty’s dogs go on multiple walks a day
The dogs get exercise by walking the grounds of Buckingham Palace, according to Hello! Magazine. First thing in the morning, a footman takes Queen Elizabeth’s dogs on a walk. Then, after lunch, the queen takes her dogs on a walk. And the queen has even been photographed walking her dogs along the beach when she travels.
Next: The queen makes Christmas stockings for her dogs.
The queen’s dogs get handmade Christmas stockings
Supposedly, Queen Elizabeth makes a stocking for each of her dogs every year for Christmas. Their stockings are filled with treats and toys, Hello! Magazine says.
Plus, the queen (sort of) wore a corgi Christmas sweater in 2013 during the holidays according to Elle. The royal family at Madame Tussauds wax museum were decked out in holiday sweaters to raise awareness for Save the Children.
Next: Dogs are included in family portraits.
William and Kate included their dogs in a family photo
After the birth of their first child, George, the family sat for a portrait that included two dogs. According to Elle, Will and Kate’s own dog, Lupo, and a Middleton family dog, Tilly, were featured in the photo. The palace released a series of photos for Prince George’s third birthday, including one of him feeding Lupo ice cream. The seemingly cute photo has now become quite controversial, according to Today.
Next: No one can discipline the queen’s dogs.
Elizabeth’s dogs run the castle
The queen’s dogs cannot be disciplined by anyone on the royal family’s staff. “Nobody is allowed to raise a finger or a voice to any of the dogs. They cock their legs and do what Corgis do wherever they want — on antique furniture, priceless carpets,” Brian Hoey said in his book, Not In Front Of The Corgis.
Next: The queen’s dogs played a part in the 2012 Olympic Games.
The queen’s dogs are famous
Queen Elizabeth II filmed a short video clip with actor Daniel Craig as James Bond at Buckingham Palace for the 2012 Olympics. The dogs have a supporting role in the clip, but they arguably steal the show. The video shows James Bond entering Buckingham Palace where he’s followed by the queen’s dogs. Then, the dogs watch James Bond and the queen take off in a helicopter for the opening ceremony of the Olympics.
Next: Dogs fly on private planes.
Dogs travel with the queen
The queen’s dogs often travel abroad with her, Mashable says. According to Darren McGrady, a former royal chef, the staff didn’t look forward to traveling with her dogs. “The dogs would lay by your feet and you’d get dog hairs everywhere. You’d try and push them away without them yelping at you,” McGrady told Good Housekeeping.
The queen has made a habit of traveling with her dogs since her honeymoon in 1947. Vanity Fair says the queen’s corgi, Susan, accompanied her and husband, Prince Philip, on their honeymoon.
Next: Find out which member of the royal family rescues dogs.
The family rescues dogs
The Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla, has rescued two dogs. The duchess adopted two Jack Russells, named Beth and Bluebell, from the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home in London, the Daily Mail says. She’s since become a royal patron for the home. The duchess took over the role after Queen Elizabeth II stepped down in 2016 after 60 years of service, according to Dog Tipper.
Next: Where all the royal pets are buried
There’s a royal pet cemetery
All the queen’s dogs — except one — have been laid to rest at a designated pet cemetery. According to the Mirror, the pet cemetery began when Queen Victoria buried her collie, Noble, at the Sandringham estate in 1887. Queen Elizabeth II began burying pets there in 1959 when her first corgi, Susan, died. Prince Charles has created memorials for his pets at the cemetery near their graves.
Next: How one palace employee got demoted for playing a practical joke on the queen’s dogs
The queen doesn’t tolerate jokes at her dogs’ expense
According to BBC News, a royal footman was demoted after he allegedly poured gin and whiskey in the dogs’ water and food dishes. BBC News said, the footman “would only make the dogs tipsy when the Queen was away, to entertain other staff members at Buckingham Palace.” All this happened in 1999 as a party trick. The palace found out after one of the dogs died and an autopsy was performed revealing the dog had alcohol in his system.
Next: There’s a designated dog room in Buckingham Palace.
The queen’s dogs have their own room
According to Hello! Magazine, the dogs have their own room, appropriately named the Corgi Room, at Buckingham Palace. The queen’s dogs can do whatever they like in their room. The dogs sleep in raised wicker beds that get clean sheets every day. The queen mother started the tradition of giving the dogs clean sheets daily.
Next: One royal dog became a Danish magazine cover model.
Ziggy of Denmark appeared on magazine covers
Crown Prince Frederik and Princess Mary received their dog, Ziggy, as a wedding gift from the Danish Kennel Club in 2005, according to Daily Mail. Ziggy lived with the prince and princess at the royal castle. Throughout his life, Ziggy became a national celebrity in Denmark and appeared on magazine covers. Ziggy died in April 2017 at age 12.
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