Queen Elizabeth II owned hundreds of animals, what will happen to them now?


The queen’s passion for corgis was world famous. But did you know that she owned hundreds of other animals? Here is what will happen to them now.

Queen Elizabeth IIwas a patron of more than 30 animal charities, from the RSPCA to the Red Poll Cattle Society and Battersea Dogs & Cats Home since 1956. And she had hundreds of animals in addition to his adorable corgis.

These are the surprising species that the late monarch was in love with. What will happen to them now that she is gone?


The Queens love of horses was one of his best documented passions throughout his life. She received her first horse only four years old. A Shetland pony named Peggy was given to him by his grandfather. On the death of her father, the queen inherited its stables and its herd of magnificent racing and breeding horses. She has ridden almost every breed of horse but is committed not ride native ponies until later in life to support Britain’s native pony breeds.

His breeding stock included Highland, Shetland and Fell ponies. The Queen continued to ride horses well into his 90s. she owned more than 100 horsepower two of which were given to him on the occasion of his platinum jubilee – one from French President Emmanuel Macron and another from Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.

Royal biographer Claudia Joseph said:

It is likely that the Queen’s daughter, Princess Anne, and [Anne’s] her daughter, Zara, who were both Olympic riders and well-known horse lovers, will be involved in what happens next to the Queen’s animals.


The queen maintained a huge flock of 200 pigeons and did so throughout his reign. She inherited the birds and the passion for them of his father and grandfather who loved carrier pigeons.

The king pigeons did much more than just a race, Nevertheless. During the First and Second World Wars, they carried messages between commanders and their troops. When not involved in military pursuits, they were competing in the racing seasonwhich runs from April to September.

It is not yet known who will take care of the royal pigeons after the death of the queen. King Charles III has announced that his former patronages will be shared among other members of the Royal Family in a process that could take several years.


According to a tradition dating back to the 13th century, Queen Elizabeth II owned virtually every unclaimed swan in England, My London writing.

Although today it is rare for swans to be served at the table, around 800 years ago in England eating them was a mark of status. To ensure that no one can possess or eat these birds without paying the monarchy for this privilege, an elaborate system of marks has been developed to track the rights of the swans. By default, however, the king or queen owned the swans of the country, and it is still true. All unmarked swans swimming in the open waters of England belonged to the Queen.

As King Charles III took the throne, he will be the new owner of these swans.

David Barber, the Queen’s swan marker for 30 years, said:

The King has the right to claim any swan swimming in open water, unmarked if he wishes.

Sources used:

Mail online: ‘His Majesty’s love for creatures, great and small! Charming photographs show how the queen’s face lit up with animals

Subway: ‘What happens to the queen’s dogs and horses now?’

My London: “Royal family: the unexpected sport of which the Queen is a big fan is not horse racing”

My London: ‘The death of the Queen: what happens to the swans of England as Prince Andrew takes on the corgis’

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