Social anthropologist Kate Fox explained the psychological impact of pets on human beings in Netflix’s 2013 documentary series The Royals entitled “Royal Pets”. Ms Fox explained: “Our pets are kind of like our alter egos. “They’re almost what a psychotherapist would call our inner child. I think all of this applies eve more to the Royal Family, particularly to the Queen, than to the rest of us, If you think about it, she has to be even more repressed and inhibited and reserved and dignified, than the rest of us put together, and very rarely gets any opportunity to express what she’s really feeling.
“Her inner brat doesn’t get let out very often, does it?”
The episode earlier explained the royal pets were previously traditionally pure breed as this reflected social status.
King Charles I made the Charles spaniel popular in the 17th Century whilst Queen Victoria commissioned several portraits of herself with her dogs.
According to the royal collection trust, the Queen’s father King George VI was the first to introduce corgis to the royal family.
In 1933, George acquired two, one for each of his daughter, Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret.
The Queen gained a Corgi called Susan on her eighteen birthday in 1944.
All future royal Corgis were Susan’s decedents.
Prince Leopold, the youngest of Victoria’s sons adopted a terrier called Skippy from Battersea Dogs Home.
Victoria had became the first royal patron of the establishment and Leopold was the first to adopt from it.
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall is the current patron.
The royal family has received dogs as gifts including Pekinese Lion dog Looty, who was gifted to Victoria following the Second Opium War by Captain John Hart Dunne of the 99th Regiment who found Looty at Peking’s (now Beijing) Summit Palace.
It was no long after the British won the war causing Qing China to ceded Kowloon Peninsula in perpetuity which was added to the colony of Hong Kong.
Hong Kong Island was also also won during Victoria’s rule as well as the leasing of New Territories and Weihawei (now Weihai) in China’s Shandong Province.
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