The Queen’s love for her Corgi’s

We take a look back at some of Her Majesty's favourite dogs from over the years.

Corgis with The Queen

by Lorna White |

Corgi's are undeniably synonymous with the Queen and they're undoubtedly Her Majesty's favourite breed of dog. Corgi's have been in her life from being a little girl and she's surrounded herself with them since, owning over 30 since becoming Queen.

According to rumours, she has recently had to say goodbye to Vulcan, a dachshund-corgi cross who she has had since 2007 that died a few weeks ago at Windsor. Although this hasn't yet been confirmed by the palace, this would leave The Queen with just one remaining dog.

To celebrate the lives of the Queen's much-loved pets, we're taking a look back at some of her beloved Corgi's.

A history of the Queen's corgi's

Queen with corgis

The Queen's love for corgi's dates back to when she was just 7-years-old when her father, King George VI, brought home a Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Dookie. She fell in love with the breed so much that she grew up to get many more including Jane and Susan who joined the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh on their honeymoon.

All of the corgi's she bred after this descended from Susan and over the years, they've had some pretty interesting names...

Dookie

Jane

Susan

Rozavel Sue

Whisky

Sherry

Sugar

Honey

Heather

Tiny

Bushy

Foxy

Brush

Monty

Emma

Linnet

Willow

Holly

They've become that famous that Helen Mirren starred alongside a number of corgi's in her 2006 film, the Queen and also, who could forget the time when the Queen and her corgi's appeared in a James Bond sketch to celebrate the Olympics!

It's not just Corgi's she loves

In 2007, the Queen owned five corgi's: Monty, Emma, Linnet, Willow, and Holly; five cocker spaniels: Bisto, Oxo, Flash, Spick, and Span; and four dorgis: Cider, Berry, Vulcan, and Candy.

The future of her Corgi's

Her final corgi, Willow, died in April of 2018, leaving her with dorgi's Vulcan and Candy. Sadly, after Vulcan's passing in 2020, she is left with just Candy.

The Queen made the decision to stop breeding her dogs in 2015, so that her pets wouldn't out live her as she didn't like the thought of leaving any behind after she died.

During the very sad time her late husband Prince Philip was in hospital, the Queen was gifted two dorgi puppies by her son Prince Andrew but tragically, one of the puppies has recently died.

The puppy, names Fergus, died after a short illness. A palace source told The Sun: “The Queen is absolutely devastated.

“The puppies were brought in to cheer her up during a very difficult period,” they said.

“Everyone concerned is upset as this comes so soon after she lost her husband,”

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