Majesty and Divinity - Pet Doves
Prince, of course, had pet doves. Doves have been a mainstay in both his music and his home Paisley Park since the 1980s. His two most famous doves were Majesty, a male dove, and Divinity, a female dove. Majesty passed away in January 2017 at the age of 25. Divinity passed away in February 2021 at the age of 28. These two feathery muses lived incredible and long lives, with the average lifespan of doves being around 12 to 15 years. They both died peacefully due to old age.
Majesty appeared in Prince’s 1992 video for his song “Seven.” Majesty and Divinity both got ambient singing credits on the 2002 piano track “Arboretum.”
After Prince’s passing in 2016, the love birds sadly stopped singing for several months. But playing Prince’s music for them got them cooing again in his memory.
Paisley was Prince’s long-haired Tortoiseshell cat, named after his home recording studio Paisley Park. In a 2002 issue of Cat Fancy, Prince declared Paisley the CEO of his company Paisley Park Enterprises. There are also rumors that there must have been multiple Paisleys, as there have been mentions and sightings of Paisley since the late 1980s. The Paisley mentioned in Cat Fancy was said to have been born in 1995, but there have been mentions of a cat named Paisley in Prince’s studio in the late 1980s, as well as mentions that a cat named Paisley, who was also CEO of Paisley Park Enterprises, passed away in 1996. Also, Paisley appears in the 1993 film Grumpy Old Men, as some scenes were filmed at Paisley Park.
Dogs and Cats
Prince loved animals and had multiple cats and dogs over the years. While not confirmed, there are mentions of him having cats named Isis, G-Spot, Feta, and Scarlet P. Besides his two Yorkies, he was said to have had dogs previously, such as one named Piano, which could be the dog pictured here from the early 1980s.
June 7, 1958 (65)
Prince Rogers Nelson was an American singer, songwriter, and musician who was best known for his eclectic and innovative music, flamboyant stage presence, and intricate live performances. He was a pioneer of the Minneapolis sound, a blend of funk, rock, and pop that became popular in the 1980s. With his trademark falsetto vocals, blistering guitar solos, and provocative lyrics, Prince released numerous hit songs such as “Purple Rain,” “When Doves Cry,” “Kiss,” and “Little Red Corvette.”
Throughout his career, Prince collaborated with several artists, musicians, and celebrities across various genres. In 1984, he worked with Sheila E., a percussionist, and singer, on her album “The Glamorous Life.” He also collaborated with Madonna on the song “Love Song” from her album “Like a Prayer” and with Chaka Khan on her album “Epiphany: The Best of Chaka Khan.” Additionally, he co-wrote and produced “Manic Monday” for the Bangles, which became a top-ten hit.
Prince’s career spanned four decades, during which he won seven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score for “Purple Rain.” He sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. In addition to his music career, Prince was also a multi-instrumentalist, proficient in over a dozen instruments, including guitar, piano, drums, and bass.
Prince was a humanitarian and philanthropist who supported various charities and causes. He was an advocate for animal rights and often spoke out against animal cruelty. In 1999, he donated $12,000 to the Humane Society of the United States to help fund an investigation into a puppy mill in Minnesota. Prince was also an animal lover who owned several pets, including cats and dogs. He once said in an interview, “Animals are people, too. They should be treated with the same respect and dignity as human beings.”
Prince passed away on April 21, 2016.