Barking Blondes: Duchy doggy dinners, four-legged royals and a very British bulldog
Prince Charles feeds our two dogs, Molly and Matilda, sausages every week. In fact his generosity must extend to hundreds of mutts whose owners pass, daily through The Honest Sausage’s doors, in Regent’s Park. Any of his prize pork Duchy bangers, left over from the day before, are sold cheaply as a “dog plate” across the counter of this jolly café. There are also bowls of water and a dog park on wheels.
We believe, that as long as we have a royal family, then dogs will be welcome in royal parks. After all, the Windsors love a pooch. And as the saying goes “if you are looking for love, love a dog!”
For Tatler magazine to put a corgi in a crown, on the front cover of their Diamond Jubilee edition, was inspired. It also demonstrates this country’s ever increasing affection for dogs. The Queen’s obvious love of her corgis was often referred to as a bit eccentric but now her Pembroke pedigrees adorn tea towels, tea pots and t shirts. Their chubby canine profiles, have become as much a connection with this royal event, as any human image.
Of course one of Her Majesty’s corgis came to a sad demise when it was taken on by Princess Anne’s bull terrier. What followed was a bad domestic that ended sadly. Anne’s dog won. Let’s hope Will and Kate’s cocker spaniel puppy Lupo is quick to learn royal canine etiquette. During the flotilla, will all the Household’s mutts be locked up together whilst their owners are sailing down the Thames? Will Camilla’s jack russell (rescued from Battersea), Kate’s cocker, the corgis, Charles’ gun dogs all be shut up in the dining room? Do they leave the telly on for them? Is there a dog flap into Buck Palace’s back yard?
Dogs have always had homes in the royal palaces. Queen Victoria adored her Pomeranians .Edward and Mrs Simpson doted on their pugs. The King’s Speech was peppered with scenes with corgis on the lap of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. Prince Philip’s choice of hound has never been revealed. Something frisky and long snouted perhaps? A blonde Finnish spitz? Princess Diana never owned a dog during her marriage, but Kensington Palace opened its grounds to its first ever dog show last year. We were honoured to be judges. And the Ladies room had Jo Malone handwash. However, it was akin to treason when Matilda peed on the lawn.
This Tuesday, we will be sitting at an urban trestle table, our dogs between our feet, raising a toast, along with the rest of our street. In fact all dog lovers are being urged by The Eden Project to celebrate The Big Jubilee Lunch with A Dogs Dinner of A Jubilee at Battersea. Tripe is on the menu for our two girls and semolina, for us. They favour offal, we love a milk pudding. We will then walk a celebratory lap around a royal park and greet other dog walkers with the customary nod and smile , indulging in the knowledge that as long as there is a mutt on the royal couch, dogs in parks are safe.
Which reminds us, talking of royals and dog walking. The intruder , Michael Fagin’s brief visit into Buckingham Palace was apparently made possible because the corgis were out on a walk. Or could it be that they are as useless at guarding as our two!
‘Barking at the Moon’ is on Thursdays from 10pm-midnight on BBC London 94.9fmTagged in: barking at the moon, barking blondes, corgis, dogs, Honest Sausage, jubilee, Regent's Park, royals
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