Despite the title, this book covers all royal animals connected to the British royal family, focusing particularly on the current family while also looking further back into history. Racehorses are certainly not pets, although a chapter is devoted to them here; anybody seriously interested in this aspect of royal life should read Her Majesty's Pleasure: How Horseracing Enthrals the Queen. Apart from those racehorses, ponies, polo, working horses and the now-outlawed hunting with hounds all get their share of attention.
Two chapters are devoted to corgis, including dorgis (corgi-dachshund cross-breeds) and there is coverage of plenty of other dogs too. Many other animals also get mentioned, but horses and dogs tend to dominate. The current royal family aren't that keen on cats, but some coverage is given to those royals (whether historical or related to the current royal family) who have shown an interest in cats.
There are plenty of amusing anecdotes along the way, but I found it interesting to read about the meals served to the corgis and dorgis. There can be few creatures on Planet Earth - human, canine, equine or any other - who are better fed, and that includes the royal family themselves. Birds are also featured, but are mostly limited to racing pigeons and King George V's parrot. A chapter is devoted to bereavement, which emphasises that the royals often get more upset at the death of their animals than the death of their relatives.
I would have hoped that a book such as this would have included a small selection of pictures midway through, but I bought the book locally and was able to see that there were none.
As somebody who is considering the possibility of becoming a self-published author, I find it amusing that even the professionals can let silly errors slip through, but that didn't spoil my enjoyment of the book.
Some people might find this book over-sentimental, but if you enjoy the company of pets, you'll understand the nature of that sentimentality. As long as you can accept that, you'll find in this book a side of royal life that you rarely find from other sources.
This is a wonderful little book written by someone who knows their stuff BUT I was so disappointed there was not one picture! I nearly sent it back but the postage is horrendous from Australia!! If you have any other Royal books look in them for pictures of the Royal Family with their animals.