A dog-loving Lottery winner has commissioned a replica of Windsor Castle – complete with red carpet, throne and hot tub – so her pampered pooch can enjoy the Royal Wedding as much as her.
Susan Crossland, 53, of Mirfield , has spent more than £5,000 having a 2m high, hand-painted version of the castle built for her 10-year-old Lhasa Apso dog Archie.
And the pooch is set to enjoy Prince Harry’s marriage to Meghan Markle dressed in his tuxedo and top hat, sitting in his velvet-lined castle.
Mrs Crossland said: “I love royal weddings and I love the royals. I just thought it might be a bit quirky to have something nice for Archie so I had him a Windsor Castle made and he absolutely loves it.”
She said she is planning to host a barbecue on the wedding day and says Archie will “just be pottering about in his Windsor Castle.”
She added: “It’s worth it,” she said. “He’s my dog at the end of the day. Why not spoil your dog?
Mrs Crossland and her husband Michael, 49, won £1.2 million on Lotto in 2008 .
She commissioned specialist sculptor and set designers The Russell Beck Studio, from south London, to create Archie’s very own Pet Pooch Palace.
The structure, which is currently in the Crosslands’ back garden, is 2m by 2m and took a seven-strong team 244 hours to complete.
It weighs 155kg, used more than 15 litres of paint and is based on the King George IV Gate at the castle.
Mrs Crossland said: “We have been preparing our veranda, getting out the flags and buying lots of red, white and blue trimmings in recognition of the big day.
“Archie is obviously a big part of the family so we couldn’t have him missing out.
“We love to spoil him and I couldn’t believe it when I heard about a gentleman who was up for all types of projects – no matter how crazy.”
She said: “I want it to be just perfect for him and to replicate Windsor Castle as far as possible.
“Archie obviously can’t go to Windsor Castle so we wanted to make him his very own castle – and we know he will love it.”
Mrs Crossland said she wishes she was going to the wedding and said of Ms Markle: “I think she’s really nice and together they look as happy as anything.”
When she won the lottery 10 years ago Mrs Crossland described how she had taken on her father’s line of numbers after his death and won with that sequence on the anniversary of his death.
She said she believed it was “heaven sent” – her father wanting her to look after her two sisters and brother who all have learning difficulties.
Mrs Crossland said the siblings were to be split up after the death of her parents but her good fortune has meant she has been able to care for them all in her purpose built home.