Dogs are humankind's true best pals. They will always be present, they love their humans, and they essentially become family. Even Queen Elizabeth II was no stranger to this close bond to canines. We all know that she kept dogs, notably corgis, as her lifelong companions.
More than 30 corgis have been owned by the Queen's family over the decades. Corgis are closely identified with the royal family. Not only have they become their greatest companions and have been considered part of the family. They have also deployed the dogs to assist others and to put people at ease in any stressful or traumatic circumstances.
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi
In 1107 A.D., when Flemish weavers migrated to Wales, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi was developed. The dog of the Spitz breed that was crossed with the original Cardigan Corgis to generate the present Pembroke Welsh Corgis. Initially, they were bred to herd cattle, sheep, and horses. This breed is active, trainable, and friendly with children, adults, and other animals. It is not surprising why the Queen adores them so much.
With that in mind, in the gallery below are ten must-know details about the queen's beloved corgi dogs that will make you want one for yourself!
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It all started with the Queen’s parents.
As early as the year 1933, when she was able to witness her parents' friends owning a Corgi, Queen Elizabeth had a strong affinity for the breed. Their father approached a reputable breeder, Thelma Gray, and brought Dookie home for 7-year-old Elizabeth, who also desired a corgi. Dookie would be the first of more than 30 corgis owned by the queen throughout her lifetime. A few years later, the family welcomed Lady Jane, from the same breeder. Queen Elizabeth's obsession with corgis, which began at age seven and continues to the current day, was precipitated almost immediately by the arrival of this corgi.
It was the Queen’s routine to bring the corgis every time and everywhere.
The corgis joined her from each palace, vehicle, train, and even helicopter for several daily walks. She even brought Susan on her honeymoon with Prince Philip and made her corgis sleep in her apartment, despite the fact that Buckingham Palace has 775 rooms!
Not all royal corgis are, technically, corgis. In the 1970s, there were also dorgis, a crossbreed of Pipkin, Princess Margaret's dachshund, and Tiny, a corgi. They bred the dogs again, resulting in the birth of ten more dorgis over the course of a decade, because they were so captivated by their distinctive and varied appearance.
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The queen's corgis and other pets have their own cemetery.
Susan was buried in the pet cemetery established by Queen Victoria at Sandringham in 1959. Since then, the Queen has utilized the area to bury deceased corgis.
Sadly, not everyone in the Royal Family is fond of them.
The Queen has always owned at least one corgi and has even received them as gifts over the years. Prince Philip, who never shared his wife's enthusiasm for the breed, was reportedly overheard complaining that there were too many corgis in the palace. However, this did not prevent her from owning a corgi because she loves them so much! Prince Charles, on the other hand, favors labradors and has owned jack russell terriers for many years. William and Catherine, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, own a cocker spaniel.
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The royal family's favorite corgis attained a level of splendor that few other animals can even claim to know. But most significantly, the public will remember the corgis because of the Queen. They will always be her most adored pets, humanizing the monarch and giving her image warmth and accessibility.
The corgis were not permitted to the queen's funeral ceremonies since Westminster Abbey has a severe policy against dogs, prohibiting them from walking on the premises. Instead, they were seen paying tribute to the her at the Windsor Castle grounds.
On a lighter note, it is reassuring to know that the Queen's corgis will be in a safe place. The Queen’s corgis will be living with Prince Andrew, the Queen’s son and one of the closest family members.