(Written by Georgia Hatton)
The last time a King Charles ascended the throne was back in 1661, when King Charles II was crowned.
Dogs have long been considered loyal and devoted companions to humans, and their presence has been felt in many important historical events, including coronations. As the story goes, Charles II was travelling to his coronation ceremony when he stopped to rest at a small town called Romsey. It was there that he met a spaniel named Dash, who belonged to the town's mayor.
Charles was so taken with the dog that he asked to borrow him for the coronation ceremony. The mayor agreed, and Dash was soon on his way to Westminster Abbey, where the coronation was to take place.
On the day of the coronation, Dash was dressed in a special collar and velvet coat, and he was carried into the abbey in a basket. As Charles took his oath of office, Dash sat at his feet, providing comfort and companionship.
From that day forward, Dash became a favourite of the royal court, and he was even given the title "The King's Dog". He was pampered and indulged, and he became a beloved fixture at court events and gatherings.
King Charles II became very fond of the little toy spaniels, which is why they now carry his name - although there is no evidence that the modern dogs are descended from these first royal canines.
With the coronation of King Charles III, two new canines will be moving into Buckingham Palace - Bluebell and Beth are a pair of Jack Russell terriers, adopted from Battersea dogs home in 2017, after being rescued - Beth from where she had been tied to a post, and Bluebell who had been found wandering alone in the woods.
The story of Dash and the coronation of King Charles II is just one example of the special bond between humans and dogs. Dogs have been valued companions and helpers for thousands of years, and their loyalty and devotion continue to inspire us today.
Whether it's as a loyal pet, a service animal, or a working dog, dogs bring joy and comfort to our lives. They remind us of the importance of loyalty, friendship, and companionship, and they help us to appreciate the simple pleasures of life.
So, the next time you see a dog wagging its tail or nuzzling its nose against you, remember the story of Dash and King Charles II, and be grateful for the special bond we share with our furry friends.