LONDON – Queen Elizabeth II is so fond of her corgis that she personally supervises their daily meal and pours the gravy for them herself, according to a new book on British royal pets since the 16th century.
“Pets by Royal Appointment,” by Brian Hoey, who has written about Buckingham Palace for more than 40 years, suggests the monarch prefers animal company to that of humans. The book says the royals “are suspicious of practically everyone outside their own family, so the only creatures they really trust are not of the human variety,” according to a statement released with the book’s publication.
The dogs’ meals of fillet steak and chicken breast are prepared by a footman and served at 5 p.m. sharp every day, with the queen pouring the gravy on the feast. She has two corgis and two “dorgis,” a cross with a dachshund, and has kept more than 30 corgis during her reign.
Prince Philip, however, loathes the waddling, short-legged animals because they yap too much, according to Hoey.
The 300-page book traces the five century love affair between the royals and their animals, starting with Henry VIII, a keen rider. He says the royals are known to have an aversion to cats.
Queen Victoria, who died in 1901, had 88 dogs and also received a number of exotic animals from foreign rulers.