Queen pays canine tribute to Harry Potter

May 25, 2012, 06:07 IST | Agencies

Names one of her new pup Gryffindor

The secret’s out. Queen Elizabeth II may be a Harry Potter fan, after a member of her staff revealed that she named her new puppy after a character from the children’s books.

Canine lover: The Queen is a big fan of dogs and has several pups of her own. File pic

The 86-year-old monarch, a longtime dog lover, personally names all of her dogs and chose the moniker Gryffindor for her new Labrador puppy, her kennelman revealed.

In the successful children’s books, Gryffindor is the house founded by Professor Godric Gryffindor, which Harry Potter belongs to at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Alan Goodship, helps breed working dogs on the queen’s Sandringham estate, Norfolk, and gave an insight into her relationship with the Labradors and Cocker Spaniels on the estate for a special Diamond Jubilee tribute edition.

The queen’s retired gun dog trainer and former head keeper was also interviewed, and told the magazine, “Her Majesty is a real countrywoman.”

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