In Their Element: 11 Delightful Photos of Royals and Animals

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It’s a well-known fact that Britain’s royal family would prefer the company of horses and dogs to humans, and several people close to the Queen have said that if she weren’t the sovereign, she’d be living a quiet life in the country.

In February, Prince William was accused of living like a “gentleman country farmer,” since he and the Duchess of Cambridge opt to spend a majority of their family life in Norfolk, 120 miles from London.

Prince Philip once famously said of his daughter, Princess Anne’s love for horses, “if it doesn’t fart or eat hay, then she isn’t interested.”

Her Majesty has owned over 30 corgis since her father gifted her with one in 1944, and still rides horses to this day (wearing a scarf instead of a helmet, despite protest from friends and family).

OK, time to look at adorable photos of  the royal family with animals. 

  1. Hazzah and the Horse
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We’ll let you two have a moment.

2.  A Great Day To Be a Corgi

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“How do you do, Your Majesty.  My name is Spencer.  Do you have a treat?”

3. Cambridge Cuddles

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“Do you think they’ll mind if we bring these on the plane?” – Catherine

4.  Now I Need a Moment

prince harry holds puppy veyron canine partners training

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How much for both prince and puppy?

5. Don’t We Look Smart!

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“Do you think the bow tie is too much, ma’am?”

6. Camilla Meets a Weimaraner at the Sandringham Flower Show

camilla pets darcy weimreiner sandringham flower show

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“Hello, Your Royal Highness.  I’m Darcy.  I’ve come to eat the flowers and ruin Her Majesty’s lawn.”

7. Ah, That’s The Spot

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“I know it breaks protocol to give you a command, ma’am, but don’t stop scratching.”

8.  A Very Difficult Day At The Office

prince harry pets trudy golden retriever puppy canine partners training

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“Hi I’m Trudy do you want to be my friend let’s be friends forever where do you live why is your hair orange do you like to scratch bellies scratch my belly I love you!”

9. What In The Bloody Hell?

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“Enough of this.  It’s time for a gin.” – Camilla

10. To Protect and Sniff

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“Customs is a bitch, let me tell you, sir.”

11. BOOP Got Your Nose!

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“What does royal mean?  Do you have treats?”

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