Her Majesty the Queen has got a brand new pet dog and she opted for an award-winning cocker spaniel named Lissy, instead of her traditional and favoured corgi breed
Her Majesty the Queen has got a new dog to join her famous litter of corgis – however, this time she’s opted for a different breed.
The Queen, who recently celebrated her Platinum Jubilee, now owns an award-winning cocker spaniel and affectionately named her Lissy.
The four-year-old dog is nicknamed after Queen Elizabeth II herself, and is her first gundog champion, reports OK! Magazine.
The monarch already has a dorgi, Candy, alongside two corgis, one of which is called Muick.
The other was gifted to her by Prince Andrew and Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice after the death of Muick’s sidekick, Fergus.
Queen Elizabeth’s new addition Lissy means she has reversed her self-imposed year-long ban on new royal dogs.
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The four-year-old cocker spaniel is listed under the official pedigree name Wolferton Drama, but is also named Lissy after the queen.
As well as being a rare choice of breed for the Queen, Lissy recently won the 91st Kennel Club Cocker Spaniel Championship, seeing off 38 competitors to gain the top spot.
This makes her the Queen’s first gundog champion.
Gundogs, also known as bird dogs, are hunting dogs who assist their owners in finding and retrieving game.
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It’s no secret that the Queen is an animal lover, and she even struck up an unlikely friendship with a New Zealand farmer.
She met Don Ferguson, a renowned Jersey breeder, in 1975 at the Royal Show at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire.
However, he seemingly wasn’t a fan of her cows.
Don’s widow June recently told the Daily Mail that her husband had told the monarch his cows were far better.
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But rather than taking offence, the Queen instead asked Don to introduce two of his cows into her own herd, and they remained friends for more than 40 years.
“She’s easy to talk to,” gushed Don’s wife June. “She’s a countrywoman, she has a good eye for cattle and horses, and that’s what she and Don had in common.”
The Queen recently made the decision to allow Camilla to become Queen Consort when Charles becomes King, which she announced on her eve of the 70th anniversary of her accession to the throne.
A Queen Consort is the usual title given to the wife of the king, sharing his rank and status.
It was originally thought Camilla would be known as ‘Princess Consort’ due to the controversial opinion of their relationship, which is thought to have begun while Prince Charles was still married to the late Princess Diana.