The tenants of Buckingham Palace and the Windsor Castle (depending on the time of the year) are some of the most famous people in the world. But those are only the human ones. What about the furry, four-legged ones? It turns out that the British royal family has been an animal lover for decades, and that most of its members keep some lucky dogs as pets. Here are the most important ones.
All the Queen’s corgies
It is no secret that Queen Elizabeth has a special place in her heart for corgis. Pembroke Welsh Corgis to be exact. Her obsession with the breed started with her beloved dog Susan, who was given to her as a royal birthday present for her 18th birthday. Susan then gave birth to a pack of other royal doggos.
Over the years, the pack has seen crossbreeding and changes in the number of members, but they were always treated like royals. They have their own bedroom in the Palace, featuring individual wicker beds with clean sheets. They also have a chef making their food. We’re just going to sit in the corner and cry quietly while eating corn out of a can.
England can’t get enough of Lupo
Prince William and Kate Middleton got an English cocker spaniel named Lupo as a wedding present from Kate’s brother, James. Lupo reportedly was born to Ella, the Middletons’ family dog. In his first year under the royal care, Lupo was named the “50th most fascinating person” in Great Britain by Tatler magazine. It appears they were a little too flexible with their definition of “person”.
We have no doubt that Lupo is super sweet, but it seems he hasn’t gotten the approval of Queen Elizabeth, who did not invite him to the palace for Christmas in 2013 for fear he may not behave diplomatically with her corgis.
Meghan Markle bonded with the Queen over her dogs
As a pre-royal, Meghan Markle had two rescue dogs her beloved Guy and Bogart. Upon moving to the UK, Markle took Guy along but had to leave Bogart with friends in the US because he was too old to make the trip. When the Duke and Duchess lived in England at Kensington Palace, they adopted a new dog named Oz as a fur-brother to Guy.
Markle’s dog-loving nature helped her connect with the Queen, too, who was happy to see her corgies so calm around her. Now that she and Harry are living in the US, you’d expect her to reunite with Bogart, but it turns out the canine and Harry aren’t great friends so he can’t move back with them full time.