Queen Elizabeth’s Dogs Get Their Food Catered (and Other Shocking Facts About the Royal Family’s Dogs)

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, every royal loves dogs. Their dogs are practically royals themselves. Continue reading to 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

Female Chef in restaurant kitchen cooking

The royal dogs get only the best. | iStock.com/Kzenon

According to Hello! Magazine, Brian Hoey’s book, Pets by Royal Appointment, says the Queen’s dogs eat food prepared by a chef. Food on the menu is made from scratch using fresh ingredients. The book also says the dogs’ menu is typed up every day and is displayed in the kitchen.

Next: The Queen’s dogs eat food made fresh daily. 

Each menu is dog-specific for Queen Elizabeth’s dogs

Chefs meticulously prepare a meal plan for each dog. | iStock.com

The dog’s 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 the U.K.’s Town and Country magazine, “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

Jack Russell Terrier in a boat

Pooh was a Jack Russell terrier. | iStock.com/Anna-av

In 1994, Prince Charles was walking his dogs, Tigga and his daughter, Pooh, at the family’s 50,000 acre Balmoral estate when Pooh ran away. 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. Many attempts were made to find the dog but she was never seen again, according to The Telegraph.

Next: The Queen feeds her dogs dinner. 

The Queen’s dogs eat promptly at 5 p.m.

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Meal time is the same every day for the royal dogs. | iStock.com/Damedeeso

The dogs keep to a tight schedule. They eat dinner every night at 5 p.m. when their food is delivered from the kitchen, according to Hello! magazine, Brian Hoey’s book “Pets by Royal Appointment.” 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

Dog breed Welsh Corgi Pembroke

The Queen’s corgis get plenty of exercise. | Anna-av/iStock/Getty Images

The dogs get exercise by walking the grounds of Buckingham Palace, according to Hello! magazine. First thing in the morning, Queen Elizabeth’s dogs are taken on a walk by a footman. Then, after lunch, the Queen takes her dogs on a walk. The Queen’s 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

Christmas always includes the dogs. | iStock.com

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. The Queen (sort of) wore a corgi Christmas sweater in 2013 during the holidays according to Elle magazine. The royal family at Madame Tussauds wax museum were decked out in holiday sweaters to raise awareness for Save the Children, says Elle magazine. The wax figures bear an uncanny likeness to members of the royal family, for a second I thought they were real.

Next: Dogs are included in family portraits. 

Prince William and Duchess Catherine included their dogs in a family photo

Royal Family

The duke and duchess like to include their pets in official family photos. | Michael Middleton – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

After the birth of their first child, George, the family sat for a family portrait. Included in their portrait were two dogs. According to Elle magazine, 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 the Today Show.

Next: No one can discipline the Queen’s dogs.

Her majesty’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

Daniel Craig reprised his role as James Bond for the clip. | MGM

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. The dogs watch James Bond and the Queen take off in a helicopter for the opening ceremony of the Olympics. The video has been viewed more than 13 million times on YouTube.

Next: Dogs fly on private planes. 

Dogs travel with the Queen

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The staff members aren’t usually happy to travel with the Queen’s corgis. | iStock/Getty Images

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

Camilla took over as royal patron for the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. | Chris Radburn/WPA Pool/Getty Images

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 dogtipper.com.

Next: Where all the royal pets are buried.

There’s a royal pet cemetery

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Queen Victoria started the tradition. | iStock.com/Yogibehr

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

Bartender pouring strong alcoholic drink into glasses

The employee played a cruel joke, which had a tragic ending. | Bogdanhoda/Getty images

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 dog’s passed away 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

Buckingham palace guards

The dogs live in luxury at the palace. | Leon Neal/Getty Images

According to Hello! Magazine, the dogs have their own room, appropriately named the Corgi Room, at Buckingham Palace. The Queen’s four 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

Border collie drinking water

Ziggy was a border collie. | Oneinchpunch/iStock/Getty Images

Crown Prince Frederik and Princess Mary received their dog, Ziggy, as a wedding gift from the Danish Kennel Club in 2005, according to Tatler. 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 passed away in April 2017 at the age of 12.

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