It is said that Queen Elizabeth II is allergic to cats. It is also said that her staff at the Sandringham estate are killing accidentally or deliberately wandering outside domestic cats because they threaten young pheasants. Pheasants are shot on the estate for amusement.
The Queen loves dogs and horses but apparently dislikes cats but there is no hard evidence for it. New tenants of the estate cannot have cats. There is a strict no cats policy. Apparently existing tenants can keep their cats.
The estate is 20,000 acres and there are 11 villages on it. The keeping of dogs is assessed on a house-by-house basis. The Queen is more favourably disposed towards dogs and has kept corgis for many years. Her love of horses can be seen in her love of horse racing. At heart she is a massive toff; highly upper crust.
Disappearance of cats
There are allegations that a number of cats have disappeared on the estate. One lady, Geraldine Farrow, living in Flitcham, which backs onto the estate, has lost four cats since 2003. She says that about 12 cats in all from her street went missing over 2 years before 2015.
The residents feel something strange is happening. They hint at the possibility that staff on the estate are shooting the cats deliberately or accidentally. If they are shooting the cats it won’t be accidentally.
I certainly would not be surprised if gamekeepers are shooting the cats. It is the sort of thing I can envisage them doing to protect game birds.
Sandringham estate management wouldn’t say why the cat ban was in place. Local police said they had been approached about the loss of the cats. They said they could not investigate as the complainant could not produce any evidence. They were keen then!
The video is amusing and nothing to do with the Queen’s Sandringham estate.
Source: Daily Mail (hard copy).