Most royals’ pet of choice is a dog — or multiple dogs for people like Queen Elizabeth). They’re loyal, good hunting partners, and just generally cute and sweet. But there have been other royal pets throughout the ages.
1. The Queen’s Swans
A weird British law makes it so that the reigning monarch owns “any unmarked swans swimming in the open waters of England.” That makes them technically the Queen’s pets. They’re definitely not the cutest animals around, but this baby swan is fairly adorable.
2. Princess Anne’s Dog
Princess Anne is partial to bull terriers as pets, but they sometimes have aggressive tendencies if not trained properly. In 2002, one of Anne’s dogs bit two children while she was walking it in the park. Hopefully, that’s not the same dog that Anne let her granddaughter, Mia Tindall, take for a walk in 2018.
3. The Norwegian Royal Family’s Dogs
The royal family of Norway got all dressed up to take this portrait with their pups for Norway’s National Day. Their dogs are labradoodles, named Milly and Muffins, and they sure seem to be enjoying their moment in the spotlight. The Norwegian royals really love their pets and often include them in family portraits.
4. King Carl and Queen Silvia’s Dog Bingo
Queen Silvia and King Carl of Sweden have a sweet yellow Lab, and Bingo is his name-o! A few years ago, the royals were taking pictures for their daughter’s birthday, and Bingo totally crashed the photo session. He was the cutest scene-stealer, for sure.
5. The Queen’s Corgis
The Queen’s corgis are iconic. After falling in love with her parents’ corgi, Dookie, she got her own dog, Susan, when she turned 18. She then started to breed the animals, and all of her dogs were descendants of Susan. The Queen recently ended her breeding program as she didn’t want to leave any dogs behind when she ᴅɪᴇd. Her pups are so cute looking but they’re reportedly not friendly. Some even ᴀᴛᴛᴀᴄᴋed Princess Beatrice’s dog a few years ago.
6. Princess Margaret’s Spaniel
Princess Margaret wasn’t the fan of corgis that her sister was, and instead chose to have a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Rolly. The sweet dogs were long associated with royalty, having been named by King Charles II, but Margaret was reportedly the last royal to own the breed.
Today’s royals seem to prefer Labradors.
7. Prince Charles’ Dog Tigga
Diana must not have thought that Jack Russell terrier Tigga was smelly, because the pooch stayed part of the family for a long time while William and Harry were growing up. She even let Tigga sit on her lap for this photo shoot, and the pup is so cute that it almost pulls the focus from Diana.
8. The Dutch Royal Family’s Dog Skipper
The Dutch royal family is another set of dog lovers. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima often let their pooches crash their family photo sessions. Their black Lab, Skipper, pictured here, is totally stealing the show with his super cute doggy smile.
9. Sophie Wessᴇx’s Dog
Puppies will never not be adorable, and that includes the Countess of Wessᴇx’s little Labrador puppy seen here. In addition to having two dogs, Sophie and her husband, Prince Edward, have a tortoise — “who basically runs the house!” according to Edward.
10. Meghan Markle’s Dogs
Meghan Markle loves her dogs so much, she brought her beagle, Guy, to her wedding reception. After stepping down from royal life, she reportedly adopted another dog — a black Lab named Oz.