Queen Victoria's pets

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Her Majesty's Favourite Pets, painted by Landseer in 1838, shows the spaniel Dash, Lory the parrot, the greyhound Nero and deerhound Hector.[1]
Wednesday 18 May 1836
Dear Uncle Ernest made me the present of a most delightful Lory, which is so tame, that it remains on your hand, & you may put your finger into its beak, or do any thing with it without its ever attempting to bite. It is larger than Mamma's Grey Parrot, & has a most beautiful plumage; it is scarlet, blue, brown, yellow & purple.

Queen Victoria's journal (18 May 1836)

Queen Victoria and her close family kept numerous pet animals, including:

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Cheryl MacDonald (2009), Celebrated Pets: Endearing Tales of Companionship and Loyalty, p. 104
  3. ^ Paul Johnson, "And Another Thing", The spectator, 15 April 2000, p. 24
  4. ^ Joe Stahlkuppe (2000), Pomeranians, p. 5, ISBN 9780764110467
  5. ^ Jan Toms (2008), Animal Graves and Memorials, Osprey Publishing, p. 39, ISBN 9780747806431
  6. ^ Anonymous (1890s). True Stories of Bird and Beast (1st ed.). Glasgow: Blackie and Son.
  7. ^ Presberg, Carole. "Queen Victoria's Border Collies". The Border Collie Museum. Retrieved 22 September 2015.
  8. ^ Alderton, David (5 April 2002). "David Alderton on the joy of parrots". the Guardian. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  9. ^ Goldstein, Jack (25 June 2014). 101 Amazing Facts about Queen Victoria. Andrews UK Limited. ISBN 9781783338146.
  10. ^ "MASTERPIECE | What's Fact, What's Fiction in Victoria Season 2 Episode 7". Masterpiece. Retrieved 1 March 2018.