Noble Pups! Meet the Royal Dogs of the British Monarchy
These furry friends certainly get the royal treatment! Here's everything to know about the four-legged members of the royal family.
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For many of us, our dogs play a major—if not the most important—role in our families. Royal dogs are no different, minus all the public engagements they get to attend—like charity events and council meetings. For generations, royal dogs have played an iconic role in public and private life for many members across the royal family tree. Whether it be King Charles II who was rumored to not go anywhere without a minimum of three spaniels or Queen Victoria who owned a whopping 88 smooth-haired Collies in her lifetime, royals certainly have a history of loving their dogs.
Today, the British royal family is known for having a plethora of furry four-legged friends—Queen Elizabeth’s corgis and King Charles III’s dogs are a few of our famous favorites. Here are a few of today’s royal dogs that are beloved by many.
Muick and Sandy
Royal owners: Originally Queen Elizabeth, now Prince Andrew and Sarah, Duchess of York
Queen Elizabeth was known for her devotion to her country, service and, of course, her love of corgis. The Queen received her first corgi from her father on her 18th birthday, and while the exact number of corgis during her 70-year-rule is only known by a select few, experts estimate England’s longest monarch had over 30 in her lifetime. Muick and Sandy also played a special role for the Queen. Prince Andrew gifted the two adorable corgis to Queen Elizabeth to provide her with comfort while Prince Philip was in the hospital in early 2021. Now, due to the Queen’s passing, her pups will fondly be taken care of by Prince Andrew and his ex-wife, Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson.
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Bluebell and Beth
Royal owners: King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla
Meet the new pups of Buckingham Palace! Like his mother, King Charles III has a favorite dog breed and has owned many Jack Russell Terriers. Queen Consort Camilla adopted Beth and Bluebell in 2017 from a rescue center, and these pups even made history as the first rescue pets to ever live in Buckingham Palace! We can’t wait to see how these two will make history next.
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Royal owners: Prince William and Princess Kate
The Prince and Princess of Wales are the proud owners of a black cocker spaniel named Orla, who the couple’s children—Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis—absolutely adore. Black cocker spaniels have a reputation for getting along well with children due to their calm and kind nature. The newest member of the family was actually gifted from Kate’s brother, James, whose dog gave birth to six puppies. Orla also has a sentimental role in the family, as she was bought to help bring joy and energy to the couple’s elderly dog, Lupo, in his old age before his passing in November of 2020.
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— WPDE ABC15 (@wpdeabc15) August 27, 2022
Guy, Mamma Mia and Pula
Royal owners: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla aren’t the only members of the royal family with a love for rescue dogs. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s latest pup, a 7-year-old beagle named Mamma Mia is the couple’s second beagle in addition to Guy, as well as their black Labrador Pula. Prince Harry recently discussed how the couple’s dogs are all emotional support dogs “when they’re behaving,” he joked. This makes sense, given the number of health benefits to owning a dog.
Royal owner: Princess Anne
Similar to her brother and mother, Princess Anne is another royal with an affinity for a specific dog breed: bull terriers. During her time as a royal, Princess Anne owned several bull terriers—some even causing a flurry of royal family scandals over the years. One of her bull terriers even made history, causing Princess Anne to be the first royal member charged with a criminal offense after her dog, Dotty, attacked two children in Windsor Great Park.
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Jack, Cici, Teddy and Ginger
Royal owners: Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie
The two daughters of Prince Andrew aren’t shy about their affection for Norfolk Terriers—an adorable, tiny and energetic breed. In fact, Princess Beatrice loves Norfolk terriers so much that she offered to gift two to her grandmother, birthed by her very own Norfolk Terrier named Ginger. Unfortunately, the Queen was worried about tripping over the pups and getting hurt, so she declined. The granddaughters of the Queen seem to get their love of dogs from her. A recent Instagram photo Princess Eugenie posted after the Queen’s passing shows Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice sitting with the Queen and petting a dog. The caption fondly wrote: “For now dear Grannie, all we want to say is thank you.”
— Richard Eden (@richardaeden) June 4, 2021
Dog name: Unknown
Royal owners: Prince Edward and Sophie
The Queen’s youngest child, the former Earl of Wessex and newly titled Duke of Edinburgh, and his wife own two pups; a black Labrador and a Cocker Spaniel. The Countess of Wessex is known for her love of dogs—she has been seen walking the dogs on the grounds of Windsor Castle and attended the Guide Dogs National Centre in Britain. Fun fact: dogs aren’t the only pets the Earl’s family owns! In a recent video interview, Prince Edward revealed that the family has “two dogs and we’ve also got a tortoise, who basically runs the house.”