20 Adorable Pictures of the Royals and Their Pets

Queen Elizabeth II has long been known for her love of pet dogs, and the head of the British Royal Family is believed to have had more than 30 corgis during her reign.

Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams believes this canine crush has been shared by many other royals throughout the years.

He told Newsweek: "The British are famed throughout the world for their love of animals.

"Since there is a certain mystique to royalty, it is essential the image royals project has aspects which people can identify with.

"The Queen's affection for her corgis and expertise in equine matters has become internationally famous.

"Other members of the royal family are also known for their devotion to their pets."

Newsweek takes a look back at pictures of the Royal Family with their beloved pets.

Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria of Great Britain with her pet dog 'Sharp', at Balmoral Castle in Scotland W. & D. Downey/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Queen Victoria's favourite collie Sharp was named after a government minister favoured by the monarch and popularised the breed with Victorian dog-owners.

Queen Alexandra
Alexandra, Princess of Wales (Queen Alexandra) with her Tibetan Lion dog, in 1868 Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Alexandra of Denmark, Queen of the United Kingdom and Empress of India from 1901 to 1910 as the wife of King-Emperor Edward VI, set many trends for fashion over this period and popularised the Tibetan Lion pet dog breed.

Princess Elizabeth
Princess Elizabeth, aged 10, with her pet dog, London, in 1936 Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis/Getty Images

The future Queen Elizabeth II was very fond of corgis from a young age, having fallen in love with the pet dogs owned by the children of the Marquess of Bath.

Princess Margaret
The Royal Princesses Margaret and Elizabeth with their mother, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon and their father Albert, Duke of York with their dogs, including Pembroke Welsh Corgi dogs, Dookie and Jane, and Tibetan Lion Choo-Choo, at the Royal Lodge, Windsor, UK, June 1936 Lisa Sheridan/Studio Lisa/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Young royals Princess Elizabeth and her sister Margaret would feed Dookie by hand from a dish held by a footman. The sisters' other early favorite pet corgi during the same time was named Jane.

The Duchess of York
he Duchess of York with one of the Royal Corgis in the grounds of 145 Piccadilly, London, the Yorks' home before the Duke's accession to the throne Getty Images/Lisa Sheridan/Studio Lisa

Elizabeth II's mother, at that time Queen Elizabeth, introduced a disciplined regimen for the dogs; each was to have its own wicker basket, raised above the floor to avoid drafts.

Meals were served for each dog. A proprietary brand of meat dog biscuits was served in the morning, while the late afternoon meal consisted of dog meal with gravy.

Duke and Duchess of Windsor
The Duke and Duchess of Windsor seated outdoors with two small dogs Bettmann/Getty Images

When King Edward VIII abdicated and married American divorcee Wallis Simpson, his brother "Bertie" became George VI. The new king's daughter, now Queen Elizabeth II, has spent the last seven decades on the throne.

Edward and Simpson became the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and the couple were known to dote on their pet dogs.

Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II of England at Balmoral Castle with one of her Corgis, September 28, 1952 UPI color slide/Getty Images

The Queen has reportedly owned more than thirty corgis since she acceded to the throne in 1952.

Princess Anne
Princess Anne, Princess Royal, takes a stroll with her dog in the grounds of Gatcombe Park on March 1, 1974 Getty Images/Anwar Hussein

The British Royal Family are well known for being hands-on when it comes to walking their dogs, with the Queen, Princess Anne (pictured) and Meghan Markle all regularly photographed taking their pets for a stroll.

Prince Charles
Prince Charles at the Quorn Hunt Cross Country Event with his pet Labrador dog Harvey Tim Graham Photo Library/Getty Images

The Queen's eldest son Prince Charles inherited his love for dogs from his mother and he has owned many such pets over the years.

Prince of Wales Lady Diana Spencer
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and his fiancé Lady Diana Spencer, wearing an Inca jersey jumper with green corduroy trousers and Hunter wellies, pose for a photocall with their dog Harvey at the estate at Craigowen Lodge, ahead of their July 29, 1981 wedding, on May 6, 1981 in Balmoral, Scotland Getty Images/Anwar Hussein

Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer had, at the point this photograph was taken, been engaged for approximately three months. The young royal's dog Harvey remains by his side during this famous photo call.

Prince Edward
Prince Edward with his Labrador dog 'Frances' in the grounds of Buckingham Palace. The picture was taken to mark his 18th birthday Tim Graham Photo Library/Getty Images

Prince Edward, his wife Sophie and their two children currently have two dogs and a pet tortoise, which he recently revealed "basically runs the house."

Queen Mother
The Queen Mother taking a stroll during her visit to Jersey on June 1, 1984 in the Channel Islands David Levenson/Getty Images

Royal matriarch the late Queen Mother was also known to have loved the Labrador breed of dog.

Prince William
Prince William at polo in Cirencester walking a pet dog Georges De Keerle/Getty Images

Future King Prince William and his brother Prince Harry were brought up with plenty of pet dogs in the royal household.

Prince Charles
Prince Charles in kilt and sporran and shepherd's crook walking stick with Prince William and Prince Harry at Polvier, by the River Dee, Balmoral Castle Estate. Prince William's black Labrador dog Widgeon and Prince Charles's Jack Russell dog Tigga are with them, 1997 Tim Graham Photo Library/Getty Images

Prince Charles and his sons brought their pet dogs with them during a vacation to Balmoral in the late 1990s.

Princess Anne
Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, with her black Labrador dog at the Withington Manor Equestrian Event, April 19 2003 Tim Graham Photo Library/Getty Images

Princess Anne is a famously outdoorsy, no-frills royal, and is regularly spotted walking her family's dogs herself.

Zara Phillips
Zara Phillips watched by boyfriend Mike Tindall and their dogs competes in the British Eventing Gatcombe Horse Trials on March 26, 2006 Tim Graham/Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II's granddaughter, Zara Phillips, and her husband, former rugby player Mike Tindall, have kept pet dogs for as long as they have been together.

Corgis
The corgis of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II are taken for a walk past US President Barack Obama's car while he has a private audience with the Queen at Buckingham Palace, in London, on April 1, 2009 STEFAN ROUSSEAU/AFP/Getty Images

The royal corgis are known all across the world and are closely associated with Queen Elizabeth II.

Duchess of Cambridge
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends The Golden Metropolitan Polo Club Charity Cup polo match, in which Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry played, at the Beaufort Polo Club on June 17, 2012 in Tetbury, England Getty Images/Indigo

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge adopted their beloved dog Lupo from Kate's brother, James. Lupo died in 2020.

Duchess of Cornwall
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall carries her Jack Russell dog Bluebell as she arrives during a visit to Battersea Dog and Cats Home on December 12, 2012 in London Adrian Dennis - WPA Pool/Getty Images

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are proud owners of two Jack Russell Terriers, Beth and Bluebell.

Savannah Phillips
Savannah Phillips attends the Gatcombe Horse Trials at Gatcombe Park on March 26, 2017 in Stroud, England Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

Her great-grandmother is the world's most famous dog lover, so it is little surprise young royal Savannah Phillips started early when handling pets.