Queen Elizabeth pours her dogs' gravy, says book on royal love for animals
LONDON (AFP) - Queen Elizabeth II is so fond of her corgis that she personally supervises their daily meal and pours the gravy for them herself, according to a new book on British royal pets since the 16th century.
Pets By Royal Appointment, by author Brian Hoey, who has written about Buckingham Palace for more than 40 years, suggests that the monarch prefers animal company to those of humans.
The book says that the royals "are suspicious of practically everyone outside their own family, so the only creatures they really trust are not of the human variety", according to a statement released with the book's publication.
The book says the dogs' meals of fillet steak and chicken breast are prepared by a footman and served at 5.00pm sharp every day, with the 87-year-old queen pouring the gravy on the feast.