"The corgis are the dogs that she is happy to show off, but she has a huge kennel of Labradors," says Ben Fogle, a friend of Prince William's

By Simon Perry
Updated October 12, 2015 12:20 PM
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Anyone who knows anything about Queen Elizabeth knows she loves her corgis.

But it turns out she’s also got a soft spot for another breed altogether!

Television presenter Ben Fogle, who is a friend of the Queen’s grandson Prince William, reveals in a new book that the 89-year-old monarch also has a secret affection for the classic family dog, Labradors.

“So the corgis are the dogs that she is happy to show off, but she has a huge kennel of Labradors. They are one part of her life she likes to keep private,” Fogle says in a new interview with the U.K. Times. “The Queen has often lamented . . . how much she wished she could spend more time with her beloved Labradors.”

Fogle uncovered the little secret while researching his new book, Labrador: The Story Of The World’s Favourite Dog, and relates a story about how he was told that she had such a deep “soft spot” for a Labrador that she took it to Windsor Castle from her Norfolk estate where it normally lived (along with around 20 others).

“She fed it and walked it herself, but the poor dog pined for its mates back at Sandringham and so she eventually sent it back for the sake of the dog,” says Fogle, who met his wife Marina while they were both dog walking. “Even the Queen thinks of her dogs first.”

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