The Queen’s long association with corgis comes to an end

Regardless of who you are, what your job is and how much money you earn, to lose a dog will hurt. And if you have become accustomed to having dogs around the house  the loss is even more difficult to cope with. It was recently announced that the last in an honourable line of the Queen’s corgis has died and her Majesty was reportedly ‘devastated’.

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When she was a seven-year-old princess, Elizabeth Windsor met a dog called Dookie. He was the first of a family of dogs that was to become synonymous with the Royals: the corgi, a herding dog breed which originated in Pembrokeshire, Wales. Corgis are thought to have a great desire to please their owners and are known to be very affectionate.

The Queen's last corgi will be buried in Sandringham.
Corgi’s are known to be affectionate and very clever. © 1 Pixabay

The end of the corgi dynasty

The Queen stopped breeding Corgis in 2012 with the intention of discontinuing the canine family before she dies. Her love of them has spanned 85 years, and the recent death of her last corgi, Whisper, represented the end of an illustrious relationship between animal and monarch. Sadly Whisper’s death came just a few months after the death of Willow.

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Willow was herself famous, having appeared in the opening video trailer for the London-based Olympic Games in 2012. She was also invited to take pride of place in the Queen’s official 90th birthday portrait in 2016.

The Palace has not yet commented on the loss but according to The Express, ‘Whisper died at Windsor Castle last week after being unwell for several weeks’.

She will no doubt be buried alongside the Royal Family’s other pets in a small and secluded plot in the Sandringham estate. The pet cemetery was created by Queen Victoria in 1887 after the death of her Collie, Noble and revived by Queen Elizabeth II in 1959 after the death of her first Corgi, Susan (given to her by her father George VI).

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Image: ©, 2018

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Nick John Whittle lives and works in Birmingham, UK. He is a specialist copywriter, journalist and theatre critic. Over the years Nick’s family has owned dogs, cats, rodents and birds. The history of animal domestication and of people’s relationship with their pets over the centuries interests him a lot. He cares greatly about the welfare of both feral and domesticated animals and supports ongoing protection of endangered species.