Behind every great ruler there is a great dog, and Queen Elizabeth II I knew that better than anyone.
the monarch has had 30 dogs since her reign as Queen of the United Kingdom began in February 1952. The Queen received her first corgi, Susan, on her 18th birthday in 1944. Every subsequent corgi has been a descendant of Susan, who even accompanied the Queen and her late husband. , prince philipon their honeymoon in 1947 to Broadlands, Philip’s family home in the English countryside, and Birkhall, the queen’s childhood estate.
Elizabeth’s dogs even have their own room at Buckingham Palace, where they sleep in wicker beds and receive fresh sheets every day. As for food, the pups feast on meals prepared by the royal chef every day. Menus, individually designed for the dogs, consist of steak, poached chicken and rabbit. Food is also served by a butler on a silver platter.
“The dogs sleep in the royal family’s house and they are certainly well fed,” corgi trainer roger mugford saying town country in July 2015 to work with the Regent Pups. “The context and content of her meals is very important to Her Majesty, who adapts what they eat to their age, clinical needs, etc.”
He added: “The queen is a great believer in homeopathy and herbal medicine, and each dog has a unique menu. A butler carries eight exotic porcelain bowls, each one for a particular dog. Eight dogs are arranged in a semicircle to sit and wait for their food bowls. Everything is disciplined and well organized by Her Majesty; few other owners can exert such control over their dogs to ‘wait’ for their food in turn.”
Like the rest of the royal family, the queen’s corgis also receive first class treatment when traveling. The dogs are not only driven by chauffeurs, but are also personally carried up the steps of the plane by royal helpers when they fly. The parties were also special for the canines. Elizabeth reportedly made stockings for the puppies, which she stuffed with toys and treats.
Although the corgis spent most of their time with the queen before her death in September 2022, they also formed links with other members of the royal family. In an interview with BBC after your engagement announcement in November 2017, prince harry said that his grandmother’s dogs have a special relationship with his now wife, Meghan Markle.
“The corgis immediately took you in,” the Duke of Sussex told Meghan at the time. “I’ve spent the last 33 years being barked at, this one goes in, absolutely nothing. [They were] just wagging his tail, and I was like, ‘Argh.’”
the Suits alum added, “[They were] just lying on my feet during tea. It was very sweet.”
After Elizabeth died at the age of 96, Prince Andrew Y Sarah Ferguson took custody of their dogs. While greeting mourners in London, Prince William told a woman that dogs were being “spoiled” in his new home.
“I saw them the other day,” he said during the brief September 2022 interaction, which was captured and shared via sky news. “They are going to be well taken care of, they are two very friendly corgis and they have a good home.”
Scroll below to see photos of the queen and her beloved dogs over the years: