Revealed: The only thing that makes the Queen cross
Sept. 16, 2019
QUEEN ELIZABETH II has made dogs a vital part of royal life – but visitors ought to be careful in case they do one thing that makes Her Majesty “cross”, according to a royal biographer.
The Queen has been photographed with her beloved corgis, and more recently “dorgis”, throughout her 67-year reign. Her Majesty’s affinity with animals, especially dogs and horses, is an endearing characteristic that royal fans have grown to love. However, the monarch does not have patience for one slip-up that visitors are liable to make with her canine companions.
Penny Junor, in her 2005 book “The Firm”, takes a look at Her Majesty’s beloved dogs.
Ms Junor writes: “Horses are the Queen’s one indulgence, the one interest in her life on which she spends serious money.”
Noting that Her Majesty was introduced to the world of horse racing by her grandfather King George V, on visits to the Sandringham royal stud, Ms Junor adds: “He also loved dogs, the Queen’s other great love in life.”
The author continues: “She breeds and trains gun dogs – all registered at the Kennel Club with the prefix Sandringham, which is where she has kennels.
“The breeding and training of gun dogs is one of her great passions and, as with horses, something about which she is a genuine expert.
“She has produced many Field Trial Champions over the years and Sandringham dogs are recognised in shooting circles as one of the top of the breed in the country.
“But it is her corgis for which she is better known.
“It was her father who introduced the family to corgis, and who gave the Queen her first on her 18th birthday, from which most of her subsequent corgis were descended.
“The only thing that make her cross is when a visitor treads on one of her dogs.”
While Princess Diana famously referred to the Queen’s pack of cheeky corgis as the “moving carpet”, her son Prince Harry memorably gave another insight into royal life with the dogs.
Speaking about visiting the Queen to ask permission to marry Meghan Markle , the Duke of Sussex said: “I’ve spent the last 33 years being barked at – this one walks in, absolutely nothing!”
Meghan added that the dogs were “just laying on my feet during tea. It was very sweet".
Sadly, the Queen’s last purebred corgi Willow died last year.
However, Her Majesty still keeps two “dorgis”, which are daschund-corgi crossbreeds, called Vulcan and Candy.
The Sandringham kennels breed gun dogs including labradors, the breed which Prince Philip is said to prefer over Her Majesty’s beloved corgis.
Ms Junor also notes the Royal Family ’s love of horses.
She writes: “[The Queen’s] father had a passing interest in racing but his real love was fox hunting.
“Her mother loved National Hunt racing – a winter sport, because the horses need softer going for jumping hurdles and running steeplechases.
“The Queen’s passion – as it is for a considerable number of her subjects – is flat racing.
“She is never happier than during the four days of Royal Ascot in the third week of June where she watches some of the finest flat racing in the world.
“It is without doubt her favourite week of the year.”
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