Kenneth Rose kept private journals throughout his newspaper diarist career – and they have recently been published following his death in 2014.
By, 5 Nov 2019
Within those notes, we learn many ‘behind-the-scenes’ stories about the Royal family. One of which comes to us as no surprise: The Queen’s love for her dogs.
A lifelong admiration for Corgis
Queen Elizabeth II has loved Corgis all throughout her life. Her passion for the breed began with her parents, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, who already owned a few Pembrokes themselves.
Throughout her time as Queen, Elizabeth has owned more than 30 Corgis. However, she has recently stopped breeding her dogs so as to not leave any behind when she passes away. Her very last purebred Corgi, named Willow, died in April of 2018.
Love knows no bounds
Within Kenneth Rose’s notes, it has been revealed that the Queen’s love for her dogs is even deeper than we may have previously thought.
Indeed, in June 1995, he wrote about Pamela Hicks, former royal interior designer to HM. She apparently wrote letters to the Queen on a regular basis, keeping her informed about events that may be of interest to her. Pamela admitted that the Queen never wrote back, save for once: when she had written a letter of condolence about the death of one of her dogs.
At that time, the Queen had written back, and it wasn’t just a simple ‘thank you’ note. HM had written a 6-page-long letter, no doubt about the grief she endured following her beloved pet’s passing.
We can all relate to the loneliness and despair Queen Elizabeth II must have felt when her Corgi died. There is nothing that leaves a whole in the heart like the passing of a pet.