LONDON (AP) — For many people around the world, the word corgi is forever associated with Queen Elizabeth II.
Princess Diana once called her mother-in-law a “moving carpet” who was always by her side. A stocky, fluffy little dog with a high-pitched bark, the Corgi has been the late Queen’s constant companion since childhood. She owned nearly 30 of hers in her lifetime and enjoyed a privileged life befitting a royal pet.
Elizabeth’s death last week It has caused public concern about who will take care of her beloved dog. Some speculate that they will be sent off to live with other members of the royal family, while others say this job may be given to palace staff.
“One of the things people wonder about at funerals is whether there’s a corgi,” says Robert Lacey, a royal historian and author of The Majesty: Elizabeth II and the Windsors. says. While unappealing to many people in Britain, it was very important to the Queen.
Elizabeth’s love of corgis began in 1933 when her father, King George VI, brought home a Pembroke Corgi, a Welsh Corgi. Images of a young Elizabeth walking her dog outside her gorgeous London home would be the first of many photographs of her over the decades.
When she was 18, she was given another corgi and named Susan. Then she had a dorgis (a cross between a dachshund and a corgi) owned by the Queen. Before long, they accompanied her on public appearances and became part of her persona.
During Elizabeth’s 70 years on the throne, the Corgi stayed by her side, accompanied her on her official tours, slept in her Buckingham Palace room with a daily change of sheets, and snuggled up to the ankles of strange visitors and members of the royal family. It is said that it was sandwiched between
Three of them appeared with the Queen in a parody video of the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Summer Olympics, as she boarded James Bond’s waiting helicopter.
British author Penny Junor chronicled their exuberant life in her 2018 biography The Queen’s Corgis.
She writes that Elizabeth walked, fed, and named the dogs, and when they died, they buried them in individual plaques. It was largely entrusted to Paul Whybrew on the page of
Corgis were also present when the Queen welcomed visitors at the palace, including prominent politicians and officials.
“She was also worried about what would happen to her dog when she was gone,” Junner wrote, noting that some members of the royal family do not share her love for corgis. pointed out.
After the death of her corgi Willow in 2018, it was reported that the Queen would no longer be getting dogs.
But the illness of her late husband, Prince Philip, who died in 2021 at the age of 99, has changed all that. She looked to her again her beloved Corgi for her comfort. For Philip’s 100th birthday last year, the Queen was reportedly given another dog.
In addition to her human family, Elizabeth has two corgis, a dawgie and a cocker spaniel.
http://www.spectrumlocalnews.com/tx/austin/news/2022/09/11/a-queen-and-her-corgis–elizabeth-loved-breed-from-childhood Elizabeth has been my favorite dog breed since I was a child.