THE royal families of Europe have traditionally been dog lovers, pampering their corgis, labradors and wolfhounds.
Prince Henrik of Denmark, however, loves dogs in a rather different way: delicately sliced, lightly fried and served on a plate.
“Dog meat tastes like rabbit,” he said in an interview published yesterday in the lifestyle magazine Ud & Se. “Like dried baby goat. Or perhaps — I know! — like veal. Like the veal of a baby suckling calf, only drier.”
But the culinary tastes of the 72-year-old Prince have caused concern on two counts. First, he is the husband of Queen Margrethe and, as Prince Consort, one of the official voices of Denmark, a country committed to ending animal cruelty. Secondly, he is honorary president of the Danish Dachshund Club.
“You have to make some allowances for the Prince,” Lasse Hansen, a dog lover who works in an EU embassy in Copenhagen, said. “He is French, and the French are capable of eating extraordinary things, like horses and snails.”
The Times May 03, 2006