20 adorable photos of royals and their pets

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Queen Elizabeth II has long been known for her love of companion dogs, and the head of the British royal family is said to have had over 30 corgis during his reign.

Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams believes this canine crush has been shared by many other royals over the years.

He said News week: “The British are known the world over for their love of animals.

“Since there is a certain mystique about royalty, it is essential that the Image Royals project has aspects that people can relate to.

“The Queen’s affection for her corgis and her equine expertise have become internationally famous.

“Other members of the royal family are also known for their dedication to their pets.”

News week looks back at photos of the royal family with their beloved pets.

Queen Victoria of Great Britain with her dog ‘Sharp’ at Balmoral Castle in Scotland
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Queen Victoria’s favorite collie, Sharp, was named after a government minister favored by the monarch and popularized the breed among Victorian dog owners.

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Alexandra, Princess of Wales (Queen Alexandra) with her Tibetan lion dog, in 1868
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Alexandra of Denmark, Queen of the United Kingdom and Empress of India from 1901 to 1910 as the wife of King Emperor Edward VI, set many fashion trends during this period and popularized the dog breed of Tibetan Lion company.

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Princess Elizabeth, 10, with her pet dog, London, in 1936
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The future Queen Elizabeth II was very fond of corgis from a young age, having fallen in love with the companion dogs belonging to the children of the Marquis of Bath.

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The Royal Princesses Margaret and Elizabeth with their mother, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon and their father Albert, Duke of York with their dogs, including the dogs Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Dookie and Jane, and the Tibetan lion Choo-Choo, at the Royal Lodge, Windsor, United Kingdom, June 1936
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The young royals, Princess Elizabeth and her sister Margaret, are said to be hand-feeding Dookie from a dish held by a footman. The sisters’ other favorite pet corgi around the same time was called Jane.

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The Duchess of York with one of the Royal Corgis in the grounds of 145 Piccadilly, London, the home of the Yorks before the Duke’s accession to the throne
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Elizabeth II’s mother, then Queen Elizabeth, introduced a disciplined diet for dogs; everyone was to have their own wicker basket, raised above the ground to avoid drafts.

Meals were served for each dog. An exclusive brand of dog meat cookies was served in the morning, while the late afternoon meal consisted of a dog meal with gravy.

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The Duke and Duchess of Windsor sitting outside with two small dogs
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When King Edward VIII abdicated and married American divorcee Wallis Simpson, his brother “Bertie” became George VI. The daughter of the new king, now Queen Elizabeth II, has spent the past seven decades on the throne.

Edward and Simpson became the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and the couple were known to adore their pet dogs.

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Queen Elizabeth II of England at Balmoral Castle with one of her corgis, September 28, 1952
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The queen is said to have owned more than thirty corgis since her accession to the throne in 1952.

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Princess Anne, Princess Royal, walks with her dog in Gatcombe Park on March 1, 1974
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The British Royal Family are well known for being active when it comes to walking their dogs, with The Queen, Princess Anne (pictured) and Meghan Markle all regularly pictured walking their pets.

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Prince Charles at the Quorn Hunt cross country event with his dog Labrador Harvey
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The Queen’s eldest son Prince Charles inherited his love for dogs from his mother and has owned many pets over the years.

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Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and his fiancee Lady Diana Spencer, wearing an Inca jersey sweater with green corduroy pants and Hunter boots, pose for a photocall with their dog Harvey at the Craigowen Lodge estate, ahead of their wedding on July 29, 1981, May 6, 1981 in Balmoral, Scotland
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Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer were, at the time this photograph was taken, engaged for about three months. The young royal dog Harvey stays by his side during this famous photo call.

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Prince Edward with his Labrador dog ‘Frances’ in the grounds of Buckingham Palace. The photo was taken to mark his 18th birthday
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Prince Edward, his wife Sophie and their two children currently have two dogs and a pet turtle, which he recently revealed “basically run the house”.

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The Queen Mother strolling during her visit to Jersey on June 1, 1984 in the Channel Islands
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The royal matriarch, the late Queen Mother, was also known to have loved the Labrador dog breed.

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Prince William at polo in Cirencester walking a pet dog
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The future king, Prince William and his brother, Prince Harry, were raised with many companion dogs in the royal household.

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Prince Charles in kilt and sporran and shepherd’s walking stick with Prince William and Prince Harry at Polvier, by the River Dee, domain of Balmoral Castle. Prince William Widgeon’s black Labrador dog and Prince Charles Tigga’s Jack Russell dog are with them, 1997
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Prince Charles and his sons took their pet dogs with them on a Balmoral vacation in the late 1990s.

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Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, with her black Labrador dog at the Withington Manor equestrian event, April 19, 2003
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Princess Anne is a royal famous for the outdoors and no frills, and is regularly seen walking her family’s dogs herself.

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Zara Phillips watched by her boyfriend Mike Tindall and their dogs take part in the British Eventing Gatcombe Horse Trials on March 26, 2006
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Queen Elizabeth II’s granddaughter, Zara Phillips, and her husband, former rugby player Mike Tindall, have kept pet dogs for as long as they are together.

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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II corgis drive past US President Barack Obama’s car as he has a private audience with the Queen at Buckingham Palace, London on April 1, 2009
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Royal Corgis are known around the world and are closely associated with Queen Elizabeth II.

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the Golden Metropolitan Polo Club Charity Cup polo match, in which Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry played, at Beaufort Polo Club on June 17, 2012 in Tetbury, England
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge adopted their beloved dog Lupo from Kate’s brother, James. Lupo died in 2020.

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Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall carries her dog Jack Russell Bluebell as she arrives on a visit to Battersea Dog and Cats Home on December 12, 2012 in London
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The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall are the proud owners of two Jack Russell Terriers, Beth and Bluebell.

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Savannah Phillips attends the Gatcombe Horse Trials at Gatcombe Park on March 26, 2017 in Stroud, England
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Her great-grandmother is the world’s most famous dog lover, so it’s no surprise that young royal Savannah Phillips started handling pets early on.



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