Thursday 14 December 2017

Animal lovers bowled over as Queen takes lead with range of pet accessories

A pet coat, priced from £35, is among a new exclusive range of pet accessories launched by the Royal Collection Trust
A pet coat, priced from £35, is among a new exclusive range of pet accessories launched by the Royal Collection Trust

Royal fans can make sure their own dogs are treated as well as the Queen's corgis as the Royal Collection Trust launches a new range of posh pet accessories.

Dog bowls made from English fine bone china and embellished with 24 carat burnished gold and a royal crest, and dog coats decorated in Hunting Stewart tartan - the livery worn at the Queen's official residence in Scotland, the Palace of Holyroodhouse - are among the available gifts.

Owners can even purchase a tan leather collar engraved with the words Buckingham Palace for £35 for a small size and £40 for medium. A tartan collar bandana is priced at £9.95, while a squeaker toy made of tartan and shaped liked a bone is set at £14.95.

The Queen is known for her love of dogs - and has owned more than 30 over the years - but now has just two corgis, Holly and Willow, and two dorgis, Candy and Vulcan, left.

The range also includes leather leads, which cost £45 from the small size and £50 for the medium.

The Queen takes particular care of her dog leads. She once reportedly sent the Prince of Wales back to find one he had lost at Sandringham, telling him: "Dog leads cost money."

The 11-piece range also includes a double sided grooming brush (£9.95), an accessory pouch (£14.95), a handmade tartan fleece blanket (£60) and pet beds (£65 to £75). The white china bowl costs £25, while the coats are priced from £35 to £45.

Nuala McGourty, the Trust's retail director, said: "We are pleased to launch another new retail range, this time taking inspiration from the well-known royal love of dogs. We hope that dog owners will enjoy spoiling their pets with these smart accessories."

Those without a dog, could always opt for the cuddly version - a toy corgi costing £15.95.

The new range can be purchased online at www.royalcollection.org.uk/shop or in Royal Collection Trust shops.

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