Oh, to be a dog. Sleeping, eating, drinking, occasionally fetching and running. And then doing it all over again. It’s quite the life. But to be a royal dog? Well, that’s a whole other level of luxuriousness. Because they expect only the best. And the best is what they get — at least if they belong to Queen Elizabeth.
According to animal behaviourist and corgi trainer Dr. Roger Mugford, the Queen’s corgis — that would be Willow and Holly, along with her two dorgis (dachshund-corgi crosses) Candy and Vulcan — are treated like royalty because, obviously. He’s seen what feeding time is like at Buckingham Palace and it’s about what you’d expect.
“Each dog had an individually designed menu, including an array of homeopathic and herbal remedies,” he told the spring issue of the U.K.’s Town & Country magazine. “Their food was served by a butler in an eclectic collection of battered silver and porcelain dishes.”
He went on to describe how mealtime went down. “The Queen got the corgis to sit in a semi-circle around her, and then fed them one by one, in order of seniority. The others just sat and patiently waited their turn.” Of course they were patient and not barking and howling like regular peasant dogs.
Mugford added that the Queen can’t abide “unkindness” to pets, and the monarch becomes a whole other person when animals are around.
“When she’s talking about her dogs or her horses you see a completely different side to her: she relaxes,” Mugford revealed. “Dogs are great levelers, and they’re not influenced by social status, which must be a great relief to her. No wonder she enjoys being around them.”
Special menus, silver platters and porcelain dishes, oh my! But, really, it’s not like they were going to get average kibble in plastic bowls. They live in a palace! And their mum is the Queen! This sounds about right. Now if we could only know what they were eating. Because if it’s caviar and champagne, that’s a whole other
We’ve never had a doubt that she loves those adorable dogs, just look:
Queen Elizabeth’s corgis literally eat off silver platters
Elizabeth: A life in corgisPrincess Elizabeth exercising one of her Corgi dogs in London's Hyde Park.Getty Images
Elizabeth: A life in corgisPrincess Elizabeth holding a corgi dog.Getty Images
Elizabeth: A life in corgisJuly 1936: Princess Elizabeth sitting on a garden seat with two corgi dogs at her home on 145 Piccadilly, London. Getty Images
Elizabeth: A life in corgisPrincesses Elizabeth and Margaret at the windows of the Royal Welsh House with two Corgi dogs in 1936.Getty Images
Elizabeth: A life in corgisPrincesses Elizabeth, reading, and Margaret sitting by a window with a corgi called Jane in 1940Getty Images
Elizabeth: A life in corgisPrincesses Elizabeth and her Margaret Rose in a carriage in the grounds of the Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park, in 1940.Getty Images
Elizabeth: A life in corgisKing George VI with Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret in the grounds of the Royal Lodge in Windsor, England in1946.Getty Images
Elizabeth: A life in corgisQueen Elizabeth II at Balmoral Castle with one of her Corgis in 1952Getty Images
Elizabeth: A life in corgisPrince Philip, Princess Anne, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles walking their corgis on the Balmoral Castle estate in1957.Getty Images
Elizabeth: A life in corgisQueen Elizabeth II arrives at King's Cross railway station in London 15 October 1969 with her four corgis before meeting astronauts of Apollo 11.Getty Images
Elizabeth: A life in corgisQueen Elizabeth II with a corgi, 1970.Getty Images
Elizabeth: A life in corgisQueen Elizabeth II sitting with her corgis, at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in 1973CP Images
Elizabeth: A life in corgisQueen Elizabeth II travelling in the back of a car with one of her pet corgis in 1980.Getty Images