Thursday, March 6, 2008

A Royal dog

Caesar, Edward VII's beloved Norfolk terrier, immortalized by Fabergé in chalcedony, gold, enamel, rubies. He wears a collar inscribed I belong to the King. The King clearly doted on Caesar, who accompanied his master almost everywhere. Caesar would wag his tail and 'smile cheerfully' up into his master's eyes when King Edward scolded him for misbehaving. Such was their mutual devotion that Caesar wandered the corridors of Buckingham Palace in search of his master in the days following the King's death on 6 May 1910. Caesar's final duty was to walk behind the King's coffin, led by a Highlander, in the funeral procession from Westminster to Paddington on 20 May 1910. A portrait by Maud Earl painted at this time and entitled Silent Sorrow was reproduced in The Illustrated London News of 21 May 1910. Caesar died in 1914 and is buried in the grounds of Marlborough House in London. A carving of him in marble sits at the feet of the King on his tomb in St George's Chapel, Windsor. Source: The Royal Collection Because of a post by The Pet Museum Maud Earl at Encore Editions

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