See Kate Middleton Cozy Up to a Tarantula, the Queen Greet an Elephant and More Wild Royal Animal Encounters!

From Meghan Markle petting a koala to Prince Edward feeding a sea lion, the royals have had some interesting animal interactions over the years

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Catherine Duchess of Cambridge handles a tarantula
Kate Middleton and Prince William. Chris Jackson/Pool/Shutterstock

Kate Middleton looked positively serene despite holding a tarantula during a September 2021 visit to Northern Ireland. Kate and Prince William were also delighted to find out the tarantula's name is Charlotte — just like their daughter!

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Prince Philip. Samir Hussein/WireImage

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip met one of their largest subjects at the ZSL Whipsnade Zoo in April 2017 — a banana-loving elephant named Donna!

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Prince Edward. The Royal Family/Twitter

Prince Edward opened the sea lion facility at Yorkshire Wildlife Park in November 2021, even helping out at feeding time.

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Queen Elizabeth. Imagno/Getty

The then-Princess Elizabeth looked delighted to meet a chimpanzee during a visit to the zoo circa 1930.

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Prince William, Kate Middleton and Prince George. Chris Jackson/Getty

Prince George, meet George! Kate and Prince William were able to introduce their son to a bilby named in his honor at the Taronga Zoo during their 2014 tour of Australia.

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As the second-most popular boy's name in Britain, it's no surprise yet another George crossed paths with the royals. This time, it was Prince Charles who met a new Prince George in the form of a one-ton the Welsh shire horse in July 2021.

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Meghan Markle. Dominic Lipinski - Pool/Getty

Meghan was introduced to an echidna at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney during her October 2018 tour of Australia, New Zealand, Tonga and Fiji.

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Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth. Samir Hussein/WireImage

Prince Philip and the Queen pose with a lioness (safely from the opposite side of a fence) as they attend the official opening of The Land Of The Lions exhibit at London Zoo on March 17, 2016.

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Kate Middleton. Samir Hussein/Pool/WireImage

Mom of three Kate was a natural at bottle feeding a baby elephant during a 2016 visit to India.

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Prince Edward, Sophie, Lady Louise and James, Viscount Severn had a special family moment feeding giraffes at the The Wild Place Project at Bristol Zoo in July 2019.

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Kate Middleton. Samir Hussein/WireImage

Kate was all smiles as she fed a lamb during a May 2017 visit to Farms for City Children, a charity which offers children in the U.K. a chance to live and work on a real farm for a week.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Samir Hussein/WireImage

Meghan and Prince Harry spent some koala-ty time with a cute creature that's synonymous with Australia at the Taronga Zoo.

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Prince Charles. Chris Jackson-WPA Pool/Getty

Prince Charles' March 2019 visit to the Cayman Islands included meeting an iguana named Peter at the Queen Elizabeth II Royal Botanic Park.

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Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. UK Press Pool/UK Press via Getty

What better way for Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall to celebrate The Donkey Sanctuary's 50th anniversary in July 2019 then by visiting with some of their adorable animals?

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. FADEL SENNA/AFP via Getty

Queen Elizabeth and the royal family are well-known for their love of horses, so it was no surprise when Meghan and Prince Harry stopped to pet horses at the Moroccan Royal Federation of Equestrian Sports during their February 2019 tour of the country.

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The future Queen and Princess Margaret got up close with penguins at the London Zoo as young girls in 1938.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton. Samir Hussein/WireImage

Your royal high-ness? Kate and Prince William's visit to the Taronga Zoo in 2014 also included feeding giraffes.

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Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie. Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty

Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie showed off their riding skills (and likely made their grandmother the Queen proud!) during a 2000 horse show.

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Prince Charles. Victoria Jones - Pool/Getty

No llama drama here! Prince Charles cracked a smile for a photo with two llamas during a November 2019 trip to New Zealand.

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Kate Middleton and Prince William. Chris Jackson/Getty

Kate and Prince William made a new furry friend during their April 2014 stop at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney: a hungry tree kangaroo.

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