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Ziggy, the royal dog of Denmark, dies aged 12

Ziggy, one of Denmark’s most beloved dogs, has died at the age of 12 the Danish Royal Family have announced.

The Border Collie was owned by Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik after he was gifted to them as a wedding present.

A post on The Royal Family’s Instagram page read: “On Sunday the Crown Prince’s family bid farewell to their beloved dog Ziggy.

“The dog has been part of the family for 12 years and was a wedding gift to the royal couple.

“Ziggy was a faithful and loving dog, who unfortunately suffered from chronic renal failure and osteoarthritis. Despite this was high quality of life to the last.”

The Danish Kennel Club wanted to give the Crown couple a puppy for their wedding in 2004. As a result, Frederik and Mary chose a three-month-old Border Collie named Jezabel.

Princess Mary renamed the young puppy Ziggy, who spent the rest of his life in the royal palace.

The 12-year-old had been a key member of the royal family and often featured in official photographs.

One of his most famous media appearances was when he was featured on the cover of Australian Women’s Weekly, alongside his owner, Princess Mary.

Speaking to Hello magazine a few years ago, Princess Mary described how Ziggy played a key role in family life.

She said: “In the morning we make porridge, and all sit around the dining table. Then we talk and eat, while our dog Ziggy runs in and out. It’s really cosy.”

Featured photo credit: H.K.H. Kronprinsessen

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