If she were not monarch, the Queen has said, she
would like a simple life in the country breeding dogs and horses.
She has a reputation as an animal lover - although British animal
welfare groups would disagree, as she and her family have been known
to participate in bloodsports when staying at Balmoral and Sandringham.
Famed for her attachment to corgis, she has introduced a new cross-breed
known as "dorgis", the result of her sister's dachshund
covering one of her corgi bitches. She also breeds black and golden
labradors, which she trains as gundogs. These frequently win prizes
at country shows.