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What A Day In The Palace Is Like - Not For The Royals But For The Corgis!

December 08, 2017

We are all fascinated with The Royals, especially Prince Harry and Meagan Markle who are currently breaking every social media outlet since the news of their engagement. But what else is happening behind the walls of The Palace?

Have you ever wondered what a day in the life of a Royal is like? Well, we don't know that, but we did find out what a day in the life of the Queen's Corgis is like. Over the course of the years, Queen Elizabeth has had over 30 Corgis after getting her first one, Susan, at the age of seven.


Here are some of the names of the 30 Corgis that she has had over the years: Monty, Emma, Linnet, Noble, and Heather are the more common monikers, but  Candy, Sugar, Foxy, Bushy, Brush, Honey, Whisky, Sherry, Vulcan, Cider, Berry, Flash, Spick, Span, Tiny, and Bisto Oxo are the more unique ones. 

The Queen currently has two Corgis, named Holly and Willow, both born in 2003. “Corgi” comes from the Welsh words “Cor” (meaning dwarf) and “Ci” (meaning dog). The pint-sized pooches are clearly The Queen’s favorite breed, and we think they are quite cute ourselves!

Now, what is a day like for them, you ask? Former royal chef Darren McGrady, who served The Queen for 11 years, revealed some culinary gossip, reporting that the Corgis had quite the posh diet.

"When I worked at the palace, we actually had a royal menu for the dogs. It would be chosen and sent to us in the kitchen every month by Mrs. Fennick, who took care of all the dogs at Sandringham. It would list each day what the dogs were to have. One day it would be beef, the next day chicken, the next day lamb, the next day rabbit and it alternated through those days. The beef would come in; we would cook it, dice it into really fine pieces and then we did same with the chicken. We'd poach them, and again chop them really, really small to make sure there were no bones so the dogs wouldn't choke."

"Prince William and Prince Harry used to shoot rabbits on the Windsor Estate, so we'd get the rabbits, they'd have to be cleaned and then cooked," he said. "Some days some of the dogs were - shall we say for [lack of] a better word - a little bunged up so we'd have to add cabbage on the menu, and then other days we'd actually put rice in there for the other way. It really was a case of following the menu."

"The daily scheduling was quite strict as well. "Every day The Queen's footman would come down to the kitchen at around two or three in the afternoon, and take the dog food upstairs to feed the Royal Corgis. They each had their own bowls," he said. "The Queen would feed them herself, I think after she'd had her tea."

At times, it seemed that all of this pampering might have gone to their heads, as they could be fickle in temperament. "The chefs didn't like the Corgis! They're yappy, little yappy nasty dogs," he said. "They're pack dogs so they'd always fight with The Queen Mother's dogs or Princess Anne's dogs. Places like Sandringham, the dogs would come into the kitchen. You'd often think, 'Come on get out of the way. Otherwise, I'll put you in the oven!'"

Needless to say, these Corgis are The Queen's babies, and I don't think that will ever change. She fell in love with them at the age of seven and has been in love with the breed ever since. Take it from The Queen; these are the best dogs to have around. Watch the video, below, and see why.

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