His love for puppies has long been celebrated, playing a central role in the apparent corgi renaissance that social media has helped fuel over the past decade. Three of his corgis were featured in a James Bond skit with the Queen and Daniel Craig which aired at the 2012 Olympics. of Elizabeth as head of state.
When she died this week aged 96, Elizabeth is believed to have left behind two Welsh Corgis from Pembroke, a Corgi-Dachshund mix known as a Dorgi and a Cocker Spaniel.
It is unclear what will become of the Queen’s beloved pets. Royal biographer Ingrid Seward said they could visit her children.
“I would imagine the dogs would be looked after by the family, probably Andrew [as] he gave them to him,” Seward told Newsweek. “They’re quite young, the corgi and the dorgi.”
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As she grew older, Elizabeth seemed troubled by the prospect of her dogs living without her being there to care for them.
At some point, she decided to end the decades-long corgi breeding program she oversaw at Windsor Castle, where 14 generations of dogs were bred and trained. The program seems to have died down around 2002, after the death of his mother, according to the American Kennel Club.
In 2012, Monty Roberts, the Queen’s equine adviser, told Vanity Fair that the death of one of her dogs – a corgi who starred in the James Bond skit – had affected her deeply.
“She didn’t want to have young dogs anymore,” he said. “She didn’t want to leave any young dogs behind.”
“She wanted to end it,” Roberts said of raising the queen’s corgi. “I understood that we would discuss it in more detail later. Well, we never discussed it later, and I have no right to try to force her to continue bringing young puppies if she doesn’t want to. It’s not my right.
When her corgi Willow died in 2018, the British press announced that she would have no more dogs, on the understanding that she did not want to leave any when she died. But at some point during the illness of her late husband, Prince Philip, she seemed to change her mind.
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It was difficult to separate the monarch from her pooches.
Candy, an older corgi, was with her until the end. She also had two younger puppies, Muick and Sandy, which her family gave her in recent years. Her cocker spaniel is called Lissy.
According to the BBC, the Royal Family had a term for the calming effect corgis had on the Queen over the years: “the dog mechanism”.
“If the going gets too tough, she sometimes literally walks away from it and takes the dogs out,” wrote Penny Junor, author of “All the Queen’s Corgis.” “Prince Andrew reportedly took three weeks to fight his way past the dogs to tell his mother that his marriage to Sarah Ferguson was in trouble.”
“Dogs and horses are her passion,” Junor wrote, “and it’s with them, and people who share that passion, that she truly relaxes.”
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