Royals and dogs seem to go together like, well, like Oreos and milk. And, just like in our own circles, the royal pets become loved and cherished members of the family. When Queen Victoria’s beloved Collie, Noble, died at Balmoral in 1887, he was buried in the grounds of the castle and given his own gravestone, which read:
‘Noble by name by nature noble too
Faithful companion sympathetic true
His remains are interred here’
At present, Queen Elizabeth owns four Corgis: Linnet, Monty, Willow and Holly and three Dorgis, a corgi-dachsund mix: Cider, Candy and Vulcan. The Duchess of Cornwall owns two Jack Russell terriers, Tosca and Rosie. The real question, following the recent Royal Wedding, is this: Kate and Wils, when are you getting a dog? And what kind of dog suits them? Would it be something sporting, like the Cocker Spaniel, or something strong, like the Mastiff? I think with the grace of Princess Kate, and Prince William’s pedigree, it may be somthing regal and very English, like the English Setter. Then again, maybe they’ll break with tradition and shock everyone. Maybe they’ll get a cat.