This Royal Poster recently adopted the CUTEST puppy from the Pasadena Human Society. She’s named Ruby and is some sort of beagle/ chihuahua and possibly Jack Russell mix.
Ruby has got us thinking about royals and their pets so today’s post is a rundown of a few favourites.
The Queen’s Corgis
Shall we start with the obvious?
Corgis are probably the first royal pets that come to mind for most of us royal watchers. They have been faithful companions of the Queen since she was a child, starting with a wee little guy named Dookie who was brought home in 1933. He was named for the Duke of York. Cute, eh?
That’s him below. LOOK AT THAT FACE!!
They have been a constant fixture, as you can see from this video taken from Prince Harry’s Christening in 1984. This is one of my all-time favourites and worth a watch or re-watch. In it, you see the Queen explaining to Zara, Peter, and William that her new puppy’s name is “Dash.” Zara asks “Does it bite?” and the Queen replies “No, not yet. But it might after it’s finished with you.”
Prince Charles & The Duchess of Cornwall
Prince Charles is also a big fan of dogs and seems to favour Jack Russell terriers.
One of his pet dogs was named Pooh (he was originally named Roo but was renamed by William after the favourite A.A. Milne character). He was a Jack Russell Terrier who sadly went missing on the Balmoral estate in April of 1994. Charles was devastated and put out an ad in the local paper and sadly poor Pooh wasn’t found.
In happier news, the Duchess of Cornwall also loves Jack Russell Terries and has had several over the years. One of them came from the same litter as Pooh, and she currently has two rescue dogs, Beth and Bluebell.
Beth and Bluebell were adopted from the Battersea Dogs Home, and Camilla took them back there for a visit in December of 2012. Hats off to Camilla for being dog resucer! During the tour she told a reporter that ‘”Beth is the sweetest dog with the nicest temperament, she so laid-back. Bluebell is much more feisty but lots of fun. She seems to think she is a lot bigger than she actually and is a bit of a toughie. They are very happy and love each other, though, which is the main thing…I love Jack Russells. They are so intelligent.”
Next up: a guinea pig!
This picture of Lady Diana with her pet guinea pig Peanuts has made the rounds a lot over the years.
Turns out it was taken by photographer John Hocknell in 1972 when Diana was showing her pet at the Sandringham pet show. Here he is proudly showing off the photo:
As you may recall, Diana grew up in Park House before her father became Earl and inherited Althorp, the Spencer Estate. Park House is on the Sandringham estate and the Spencers were often invited over to “the big house” by the royal family. More info on all that can be found here.
This delightful black lab who joined in on this August 1997 photocall at Balmoral was named Widgeon, and she belonged to Prince William.
Back in 2000, Prince William gave an interview to mark his 18th birthday and Widgeon came up, though it wasn’t too enlightening. The full interview can be read here, but here is the Widgeon bit:
Q: How is your dog, Widgeon, and do you have any other pets?
A: Widgeon had eight pups about 18 months ago. I have no other pets.
Oh, you sure had a way with words, William. Anyway, I love the name. Widgeon is a type of duck and it seems very suitable for all the hunting and whatnot that I’m sure she joined in on. Like here on a shoot at Sandringham back in 2009:
Widgeon passed away sometime in 2010, and now of course William and Kate have Lupo!
Princess Mary and Prince Frederick of Denmark
Now over to Denmark. Ziggy is a Danish-born Border Collie who was a gift from the Danish Kennel Club to Mary and Frederick back in 2005. Here he is as a puppy walking with Mary in Copenhagen:
And here he is later with the family:
And I love this photo which was taken to celebrate Mary’s 40th birthday. So dynamic.
The Swedish Royal Family
Labradors are the dog of choice for the Swedish Royal Family. They have had a succession of them over the years and in 2010 they had to say good bye to Jambo, a golden lab who joined the family in in 1998.
Here are a few pictures of the familyd Jambo over the years. What a cutie!
In the palace with Princess Madeleine during a photocell for her 18th birthday. Apparently it was all a big yawn:
And here was his balcony appearance:
And out on the town in Swedish colours:
Princess Grace of Monaco
We’ll end with Monaco.
Princess Grace loved poodles, and had several over the years. One was named Oliver and he was given to Grace by Cary Grant when she left Hollywood to marry Prince Ranier. Oliver joined in on Grace’s cruise to Monaco on S.S. Constitution in April of 1956 and seems to have been quite a hit.
A weimaraner also made the journey. He was a wedding gift from Grace’s brother Jack but I haven’t been able to figure out what his name was. Does anyone know?
Naturally, Oliver there when Grace greeted the Prince upon arrival in her massive white hat.
Well Princess Grace seems like a smashing way to end this post. Have I missed any other favourite royal pets?