The English are very fond of animals - four-legged pets are found in many families. The English royal house is no exception.
All members of the royal family are not indifferent to horses and dogs, and each has its own preferences in the rocks.
Favorite dogs of Queen Elizabeth II were funny, cute and wayward corgi.
Corgi: features of the breed
Welsh Corgi Pembroke is an ancient breed of huntingDogs, bred in Wales. Animals are small in size (30 cm in length and 10 kg in weight), an amusing elongated muzzle with large erect ears and short paws. The shade of the corgi wool varies from sand to dark brown, arbitrary black and white spots are permissible. The nature of the dogs is peculiar - they are wayward, they are quick, cheerful and prone to pugnaciousness. But at the same time, the Corgi are good at training and without problems get along with other domestic pets.
Corgi in the English Courtyard: the history of appearance
The first dog of this breed is the seven-year-old ElizabethI saw on a visit - and little red animals immediately won her heart. In 1944, the princess got her own dog - a red corgi called Susan. She became not only a constant companion of Elizabeth, but also the ancestor of the royal corgy pack. Today, the ninth generation of the descendants of the beloved dog of the queen lives in the palace.
Today the Queen has 11 dogs. Traditionally they are given tender, poetic names - Sakharov, Golubchik, Bee, Medoc, Dymok. Not all royal dogs are very cute. In the palace still remember the corgi with the gentle name of Heather, which because of frequent fights has become lame and lost half of the ear, but has not lost its fighting character.
In addition to the Corgi, other hunting dogs, spaniels and Labradors, are bred in the royal residence of Sandringham.
Weekdays of royal dogs
The royal pack lives on a strict schedule. In Buckingham Palace at exactly 5 o'clock the animals are served a ceremonial meal. The footmen cut finely meat, on silver trays they serve a special sauce and sifted flour for biscuits. Elizabeth herself mixes the ingredients and puts them into silver bowls, after which she gives the dogs food on plastic napkins.
At her country residence Sandringham Queen almost all her free time with dogs. Dressed in a raincoat and rubber boots, she walks the pack herself, and then she combs the dogs.
When the Queen leaves for business, for dogsThe royal cynologist is looking after - this official post has existed for several decades. By the way, Corgi is held not only by the queen. These dogs were loved also by her mother, Dowager Queen Elizabeth, and also daughter Anna. Heir to the throne, Charles prefers labradors, but to his mother's favorites, too, is sympathetic. However, the warm feelings for the queen's dogs do not feed everyone. The lackeys and other servants of the palace often complain that bold and wayward little dogs bite their ankles or knock them down, sweeping along the palace corridors.
Royal dogs have never accompanied Elizabeth on foreign trips - the strict rules of quarantine, operating in the UK, apply to them.
After death, the royal dogs receive anotherPrivilege - they are buried in the palace park. Small hillocks with memorable stones are scattered along the avenues. And the ancestor of the royal pack Susan, who died at the venerable age of fifteen, received a touching inscription, stamped on the gravestone: "Susan, the Queen's faithful friend."