Queen meets Corgi at Battersea Dogs' and Cats' Home

The 12 year old Beama arrived at the Battersea Dogs' and Cats' Home's London centre only a few days before the Queen, the charity's patron, was due to open new kennel facilities for some of the 5,000 dogs Battersea cares for each year.

He became an instant favourite to meet her as she is a great fan of the breed having two herself, Willow and Holly, in addition to the "Dorgis", Candy and Vulcan.

The ITV series: For the Love of Dogs recorded the moment when Paul O'Grady introduced Beama to Battersea's royal supporter. He explained to her that Beama had been rehomed by the charity originally but brought back recently when her elderly owner went into a care home and could no longer look after him.

The Queen may not have been in the market for another dog, but Beama didn't have to wait long to find a loving home, with couple Sally and Robert.

"This is the first time we've had a dog of our own and we adore our very own royal, Beama," Sally said. "And he's living a lifestyle fit for a king! He loves his walks - and was a bit portly so is now shedding the pounds.