A Queen and her Corgis

September 12, 2022

Finding a new home for the beloved Corgis of Queen Elizabeth II is as important as any matter related to the late monarch.

Queen Elizabeth II was known for many things throughout her life, among which was her love for animals.

Then Princess Elizabeth was only seven when the Royal Family welcomed its first two Corgis, Dookie and Jane. When she turned 18, she was gifted by her father, King George VI, her very own Corgi named Susan.

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They were inseparable ever since.

In 1947, with Susan in a Royal Carriage hidden beneath blankets, Elizabeth went off to her honeymoon with Philip Mountbatten in Scotland. It was two years later when Susan was finally in heat. She was flown in via a Royal Mail to be mated with a Rozavel dog named Lucky Strike. Susan later on gave birth to two puppies that eventually went to then Prince Charles and the Queen Mother.

Susan, however, died at Sandringham in 1959. Her last descendant, Willow, was put to sleep at the age of 14.

Over her 70-year reign,  Queen Elizabeth has had at least 30 Corgis.

According to Vanity Fair, the breed’s numbers rose after the late monarch’s accession to the throne in 1952.

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QUEEN Elizabeth II had at least 30 corgis.

Darren McGrady, former royal chef, admits to Hello! Magazine in April 2022 that the Queen’s Corgis lived a life of luxury with a rotating menu of chicken, lamb, rabbit, and beef. They often slept at the Queen’s private apartment: “There is a special Corgi room where they have raised wicker baskets lined with cushions to keep draughts away,” wrote royal author Penny Junor in her book All The Queen’s Corgis.

After she stopped breeding Corgis since Susan’s last descendant died, the Queen was gifted another by her son, Prince Andrew, in 2021. It was shortly after when her husband Prince Philip passed away.

After a stunning seven-year decade reign, Queen Elizabeth died at Balmoral Castle last week. She is survived by her four dogs, two Pembroke Welsh Corgis named Muick and Sandy, a “dorgi” (mix breed of Corgi and Daschund) named Candy, and a cocker spaniel named Lissy.

A source close to the Royal Family revealed to CNN that the two Corgis will be cared for by the Duke and Duchess of York, Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson. It is still unclear on who will look after Candy and Lissy.


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