“They are funny. They are clever. They do not take up so much space, and you get, so to speak, a complete dog the size of half a dog.”

Königin Margrethe und Prinz Henrik von Dänemark mit den beiden Kurzhaardackeln Evita und Helike
Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik of Denmark with their Smooth-Haired Dachshunds Evita and Celimene

This is how Queen Margrethe II of Denmark described the character of her four-legged friends. In July 2012, the media had reported that the 14-year-old dachshund Lady Evita “died after a long time with declining health”. She was the personal farm dog of Queen Margrethe. Meanwhile a new dachshund called Helike has been introduced to the royal court. Helike is a gift from Margrethe’s husband, Prince Henrik.

In a 2018 video of the Danish royal family, Queen Margrethe brings rice pudding to the goblins – “nits” in Danish – in the attic to keep them out of mischief. The monarch wears a jumper with a dachshund on it, whose back ends up on her back.

“She likes dogs, horses, men and women – in that order.”

Graham Turner [Writer for the Daily Telegraph]
Queen Elizabeth und die Queen Mum mit Zwergkurzhaardackel Nicky
Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mum with Miniature Smooth-Haired Dachshund Nicky | at the Badminton Horse Trials, held 18th to 19th April 1958

Queen Elizabeth II is known for her love of animals. The dog in the photo is probably the red miniature short-haired dachshund Nicky of her mother, who was an honorary member for life in the English Dachshund Club.

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