The Queen’s love of the Pembrokeshire corgi is legendary. On her 18th birthday, her father gave her a corgi named Susan, and since then every royal corgi (more than 30 of them) descended from her original pet. In 2018, after her last corgi died, the Queen decided to stop breeding corgis due to her age, but when her gamekeeper died, she decided to adopt his corgi that she had been dog-walking for the last two years.
The Queen also has dorgis – a cross between a corgi and a dachshund. The royal dogs have their own room, and food specially prepared by a chef, but the Queen feeds them personally at 5pm sharp each day and walks them herself.
Of course, the royal family members are often given exotic animals as pets when on their international visits. Prince Philip was once given a pair of pygmy hippopotami as a gift from President Tubman of Liberia. The Prince sent them on permanent loan to London Zoo! He was also given a baby elephant when visiting Sri Lanka, which also found a forever home at London Zoo.
Prince William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
William and Kate have carried on the royal tradition of owning a dog: a black cocker spaniel named Lupo. However, Prince George caused something of a scandal when he was photographed offering Lupo a lick of his ice cream (not considered good for dogs). The Cambridges also have a pet hamster, said to be a great favourite with Princess Charlotte because the whiskers tickle her face.