1910: Gifts to King Edward VII, the Queen's great-grandfather, from his mistress, Alice, Mrs. George Keppel, included the dog Caesar, shown following his master's coffin .
Queen Elizabeth has also always had dogs, her family of Corgies is famous.
Her Majesty delivers her Christmas message to the Commonwealth from Sandringham.
For a long time, disturbed that so much exquisite architecture in America was marred by slavery, I looked to England as an earthly paradise of beauty. How naive it was of me to absolve the originators of the colonial empire that most caused the African slave trade to flourish. Many, many of Britain's stately houses are as closely derived from slavery and misery as any Southern or Caribbean plantation house.
Jean Marc Nattier's portrayal of Mademoiselle de Clermontat, at her bath, is just one among many indicators of the universal fashion for enslaved servants during the 17th and 18th centuries. The ultimate status symbol, pet-like exotic, dressed-up black pages presisted in grand noble and Royal households as late as 100 years ago.