● Gi­raffes, cor­gis, horses and even ham­sters will be in art show

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Buck­ing­ham Palace is to stage a spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tion ded­i­cated to royal an­i­mals.

Visi­tors to the sum­mer open­ing of the Queen’s Lon­don home in 2020 will be able to view works of art from across the Royal Col­lec­tion which ex­plore the royal fam­ily’s in­ter­est in an­i­mals.

From the gi­raffe pre­sented to Ge­orge IV as a gift from Egypt, to Queen Vic­to­ria and Prince Al­bert’s en­thu­si­asm for pet dogs, the dis­play will look at the his­tory of an­i­mals in royal res­i­dences.

It will also ex­am­ine the im­por­tance of horses in mod­ern times for events such as Troop­ing the Colour and Royal As­cot.

The works of art will range from the reign of Ge­orge III to the present day.

The Queen is known for her love of both dogs and horses.

“She has owned more than 30 cor­gis”

She has owned more than 30 cor­gis, many of them di­rect de­scen­dants of her first one, Su­san – given to her as an 18th birth­day present by her par­ents in 1944.

Su­san was so loved that she ac­com­pa­nied the then Princess El­iz­a­beth on her honey­moon.

How­ever, the monarch now has no cor­gis left.

Her fi­nal one, Whis­per, who was adopted fol­low­ing the death of his owner, a former San­dring­ham game­keeper, died in Oc­to­ber 2018.

Her two re­main­ing dogs, Candy and Vul­can, are dor­gis – a cross be­tween a corgi and a dachs­hund.

The Queen is her­alded for her in­cred­i­ble knowl­edge of horse breed­ing and blood­lines.

The monarch’s horses have won ev­ery Clas­sic ex­cept the Derby and her race win­nings are es­ti­mated to be more than £7.7 mil­lion over the last 30 years.

She had her first rid­ing les­son at the age of three and con­tin­ues to ride at 93.

Other mem­bers of the Wind­sor fam­ily are also known for their love of an­i­mals, par­tic­u­larly dogs.

The Prince of Wales likes Jack Rus­sells – and had his beloved pet Tigga for 18 years.

The Duchess of Corn­wall, who took over from the Queen as pa­tron of the Bat­tersea Dogs and Cats Home, has two adopted Jack Rus­sells – Beth and Blue­bell.

The Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge have a pet cocker spaniel called

Lupo, a wed­ding present from Kate’s brother, James Mid­dle­ton.

Lupo has been pic­tured sev­eral times with Prince Ge­orge, in­clud­ing when he was a new­born baby.

To mark his third birth­day, Ge­orge was also shown hold­ing up an ice cream to the dog – which caused the RSPCA to cau­tion peo­ple against giv­ing dogs

hu­man foods, which can be toxic.

In 2016, it was re­vealed that Princess Char­lotte had a pet ham­ster called Marvin.

The Duchess of Sus­sex is also an an­i­mal lover and a pro­moter of adopt­ing res­cue dogs.

Meghan chose an­i­mal wel­fare char­ity May­hew as one of her first pa­tron­ages.

When she moved to

the UK, she brought her bea­gle Guy, but had to leave Bog­art – a labrador­shep­herd mix – in the US.

Meghan and Harry are also said to have a black labrador, but have not re­vealed its name.

The sum­mer open­ing of Buck­ing­ham Palace, when the pub­lic can tour the 19 state rooms, will run from July 18 to Septem­ber 27 2020.

AN­I­MAL CRACK­ERS: The Queen, known for her love of cor­gis, on a visit to the Ro­man site of Vin­dolanda near Hadrian’s Wall in Northum­ber­land

Horses have been an­other of the Queen’s an­i­mal loves over the years

The Queen in 1973 with some of her fa­mous cor­gis in Sur­rey

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