From a younger age, the Queen had an affection for animals.
She was an avid horse rider and canine lover, who was recurrently seen together with her pack of corgis.
Her Majesty was additionally a guardian of two large tortoises, an elephant, a sloth and two jaguars, a few of which had lived at London Zoo.
But it was her loyal corgis that the Queen had possibly the strongest affection in the direction of, with the monarch as soon as declaring: “My corgis are family”.
Richard Griffin, a royal safety officer who labored with the Queen for 14 years, recalled her having as many as 11 canines at one time.
“When we went to Balmoral there were gun dogs as well,” he instructed Sky News. “And the ponies would be up there so she could go riding every morning.
“It was only a full nation life, which she liked.”
The Queen’s love for dogs began in 1933 when her parents acquired the family’s first corgi, named Dookie, according to Vanity Fair.
Her Majesty, then a princess, ultimately obtained one as a gift from her dad and mom when she turned 18, her first of greater than 30.
All her corgis are descendants of her first, Susan, who died aged 14 in 1959 and is buried at Sandringham.
The Queen additionally owned labradors, cocker spaniels and a dorgi – a cross between a corgi and dachshund.
In 2012, corgis Monty, Willow, and Holly appeared within the Olympic opening ceremony when, in a sketch, Daniel Craig (in character as James Bond) arrived at Buckingham Palace to escort the Queen to the occasion.
And in a Vanity Fair cowl story in 2016, the Queen requested that her canine companions be a part of the collection of portraits.
Her Majesty’s love of horses and horse driving was a ardour she shared together with her mom and is believed to have began together with her first driving lesson.
From early childhood the Queen was surrounded by family who owned, rode and talked about horses.
In footage shared by the Royal Collection Trust in 2020, a younger Elizabeth was seen pulling a horse toy behind her and driving as a teen.
The Queen went on to breed and race horses for greater than 60 years.
Thoroughbreds owned by the Queen have received 4 out of the 5 flat racing classics – the 1000 Guineas and 2000 Guineas, the Oaks and the St Leger – with solely the Derby eluding her.
Her horse Dunfermline, ridden by jockey Willie Carson, gave the Queen her most well-known victory, triumphing within the Oaks and St Leger in her Silver Jubilee 12 months in 1977.
In current years, the Queen made sporting historical past when she turned the primary reigning monarch to win Royal Ascot’s Gold Cup together with her thoroughbred Estimate in 2013.
She had greater than 20 winners at Royal Ascot – one of many premier occasions of the racing season.
During her life, she pursued her eager curiosity in horse breeding, sending her mares to stud farms all over the world.