A royal paw-made affair! Prince William, Duchess Kate, Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the British Royal Family have the opportunity to meet various people during public outings. However, some of their special guests are much cuter and furrier.
“Who do you think Alfie, the favorite therapy dog?” the official Kensington Palace Twitter account wrote in January 2022, alongside photos of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge taking turns holding the cockapoo.
The royal couple – who married in April 2011 – made a surprise appearance at Clitheroe Community Hospital in Lancashire, England, where they met local healthcare professionals working in the rural community in response to the pandemic of coronavirus. To help them in their efforts, NHS Charities have created a staff wellness room to promote mental health with space to play with their two therapy dogs: Jasper and Alfie.
The University of St Andrews alumni – who received a companion dog in January 2021 from his brother, James Middleton — have frequently encountered all kinds of animals during their joint outings.
Several months later, Will and Kate – who share the children of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis – visited young goats during a St. David’s Day outing in March 2022 at Pant Farm in the Country of Wales.
“Understanding the importance of the agriculture industry to people in rural communities,” the couple’s official Instagram story captioned a farm photo of the couple petting goats. “By working with local businesses, promoting local products and sustainable practices, you can really see how farms like this are the lifeblood of the community.”
The long-reigning monarch, who is a beloved dog parent to her many corgis, has also been lucky enough to meet many animals during her public appearances.
Elizabeth and Prince Philip, who died in April 2021 at the age of 99, previously opened the Center for Elephant Care at Whipsnade Zoo in England where they had the opportunity to meet the mammals during the April 2017 visit. They were also able to give the elephants a banana treat during the outing.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, for their part, encountered a koala during their first tour as a married couple in October 2018. The California residents – who stepped down as senior royals in 2020 – stopped by the zoo in Taronga in Sydney, Australia, where they met the cub and her two babies who were named for the co-founders of Archewell. The duo was also introduced to a short-legged echidna called Lynx.
“We are incredibly honored that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have today opened our brand new, state-of-the-art Institute of Science and Learning,” the facility said. tweeted at the time. “This facility is truly a game-changer for research and conservation, providing never-before-seen learning opportunities for students.”
Scroll below to see members of the British Royal Family encounter animals over the years: