Chickens have long been popular with our Royal Family. Prince George and Princess Charlotte have five chickens at their home in Norfolk, as well as eggs in the incubator. Their mum, Kate (the Duchess of Cambridge), says the children can’t wait to see the chicks hatch out! George and Charlotte’s grandfather is Prince Charles, and he is Patron of the Poultry Club of Great Britain. He also keeps Welsummers and Marans at his Highgrove estate, and enters their eggs in shows. Prince Charles’ grandmother (the mother of our Queen), loved her flock of Buff Orpingtons and was very proud to be Patron of the Buff Orpington Society.
Going even further back in time, it was Queen Victoria who really started the chicken craze. She was very amused when presented with nine Brahmas and built them a special chicken palace where she and Prince Albert could sit and watch them. People loved to copy the Queen, so soon chicken breeding and showing became very popular. Many of the breeds we know and love today were created during the Victorian age.