The Queen’s love for corgi’s dates back to when she was just 7 years old .Her her father, King George VI, brought home a Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Dookie. She fell in love with this breed so much that she grew up to get many more including Jane and Susan who joined the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh on their honeymoon.
All of the corgi’s that the queen bred after this descended from Susan and over the years, they have had some pretty interesting names as shown below.
Queen Elizabeth was left heartbroken in 2018 when Whisper, her last corgi, died. The 12-year-old dog passed away at Windsor Castle
In April of 2018, another one of the Queen’s precious corgis, Willow, passed. With the passing of Willow, Queen chose not to breed any more corgis because she was unsure who would look after them when she is gone. In the last 74 years, the Queen had over 30 corgis—meaning the death of Whisper was the end of an era of pure Corgis .
Do not despair, the Queen still has some dogs but they are not Corgis .They are The Corgi which is a mix . The Dorgi is a mixed breed dog–a cross between the Dachshund and Corgi dog breeds. The pups from the mix inherited some of the best qualities from both of their parents.Now, after Willow’s passing , only the “Dorgis” remain. Vulcan and Candy, both Dachshund-Corgi mixes, were a result of one of the queen’s Corgis mating with Princess Margaret’s Dachshund, Pipkin.
The Queen’s Corgis have become so famous that Helen Mirren starred alongside a number of Corgi’s in her 2006 film, the Queen. Remember James Bond’ sketch to celebrate the Olympics!
A panorama of Queen and her Royal Corgis