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Prince Charles the Magician, And Other Curious Hobbies of the British Royals

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The royal family might own several castles and estates throughout the UK, but it seems as though they’re rarely ever seen in them. From Queen Elizabeth II down to her children, grandchildren, and their spouses, the members of the beloved British royal household keep themselves busy with itineraries chock-full of travels, attendance at charity engagements, and official appearances at state events. With such a whirlwind of activity, we wonder if they ever have time to just stop and smell the roses (in one of their many private gardens, of course).

As it turns out, each of the royals has found interesting ways to relax whenever they have some downtime. Queen Elizabeth’s hobbies are probably the most well known, as they involve her avid love of animals. Besides breeding thoroughbred horses for racing, the monarch has also spent most of her reign breeding a long line of adorable corgis. Though the last of the tiny-legged pups died earlier this year, the queen continues to care for a pair of “dorgis,” which are a cross between a dachshund and a corgi. (And let’s not forget reports that the sovereign has cozied up to Meghan Markle’s rescue pet beagle, Guy.)

The queen’s family members may not have followed their matriarch’s passion for breeding, but they’ve each found ways to unwind when outside the public glare. Read on to find out what hobbies your favorite royal has taken up — we’re sure some of these might even surprise the most dedicated royal fan!

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