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Pets in the palace: the long history of dogs in the Royal household –

As William and Kate bid farewell to loyal Lupo, we explore the generations of predecessors who shared a home with their four-legged friends



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Throughout his life, Charles II was devoted to the dogs, declaring that they should be allowed everywhere in the kingdom including Parliament. In one of the most famous pictures of Charles II, by Hendrick Danckerts, he receives the gift of a pineapple from the Royal Gardener at his feet sit two playful King Charles spaniels.
The spaniels remained favourites with later royals. In one picture, a 14-year-old Princess Victoria (later Queen Victoria) poses with her favourite, Dash. The Queen had also…

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