Move over, Lady Mary.
Beat it, Lady Edith.
Because when it comes to being pampered, spoiled and indulged, Queen Elizabeth II’s Corgis make the women of Downton Abbey look like virtual mutts by comparison. Dr. Roger Mugford, the Queen’s in-house animal psychologist, has spilled some of her secrets and they’re just as juicy as the steaks the dogs are served for dinner.
Mugford detailed the daily lives of the Royal Corgis for an upcoming special issue of Town & Country dedicated to the Queen’s 90th birthday. He revealed that they each have their own individual dinner menu and are frequently served exquisite portions of steak, rabbit or chicken. And when it is time for them to eat, a butler presents their meals on a silver platter or in a porcelain serving dish. (This is fascinating to someone like me, whose most recent dinner was several handfuls of shredded cheese, eaten while standing over the kitchen sink). In addition, the dogs are each served their own customized homeopathic or herbal remedies with their meals.
“As I watched, the Queen got the Corgis to sit in a semi-circle around her, and then fed them one by one, in order of seniority,” Mugford told the magazine, according to The Guardian. “The others just sat and patiently waited their turn.”
Queen Elizabeth, who is politely knocking on 90’s door, currently has two Corgis, Willow and Holly, and two “Dorgis,” which are a combination of a Corgi and a Dachshund. She received her first Corgi, Susan, as a gift from her father on her 18th birthday and, since then, she has owned more than 30 of them.
Sorry, Lady Edith. They’ve probably had easier lives than you have, too.