Queen Elizabeth II and her royal corgis: what’s next for the dogs?

Queen Elizabeth II and her royal corgis: what's next for the dogs?
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They roamed Buckingham Palace like they owned the place.

Royal cooks prepared their meals. psychologists treated them, biographers documented her life. They slept in padded wicker baskets. At Christmas everyone got their own stocking.

The many corgis owned by Queen Elizabeth II during her seven-decade reign were furry little monarchs in their own right, as iconic as she was extravagant hats and you wicked sense of humor. In her lifetime she has had more than 30 of the squat herding dogs with names like Plover, Disco and Mint. A troop of them trotted ahead of her wherever she went in what Princess Diana once referred to, perhaps not so affectionately, as “a moving carpet.”

Willow, Queen Elizabeth’s last remaining corgi, died on April 15. Here are the puppies that the British royal family has honored for more than 150 years. (Video: The Royal Family/YouTube)

Her love for the puppies was long celebrated and played a central role in it the apparent corgi renaissance Social media has helped fuel energy over the past decade. Three of her corgis were featured in a James Bond sketch with the Queen and Daniel Craig, which aired at the 2012 Olympics. The dogs have also made frequent appearances on the Netflix series The Crown, which chronicles Elizabeth’s tenure as head of state.

When she died this week at the age of 96, Elizabeth reportedly left behind two Pembroke Welsh Corgis, a Corgi Dachshund mix known as a Dorgi, and a Cocker Spaniel.

It’s not clear what will happen to the Queen’s beloved pets. Royal biographer Ingrid Seward said they could go to their children.

“I assume the dogs would be looked after by the family, probably Andrew [as] he’s the one who gave it to her,” Seward said Newsweek. “They are quite young, the corgi and the dorgi.”

As Elizabeth grew older, she seemed unnerved at the prospect of her dogs going on without her being there to look after them.

Eventually, she decided to bring the decades to an end Corgi Breeding Program She oversaw Windsor Castle where 14 generations of dogs were raised and trained. The program seemed to have gone silent until around 2002 after her mother’s death. according to the American Kennel Club.

In 2012, Monty Roberts, the Queen’s horse advisor, said Vanity Fair that the death of one of their dogs – a corgi that played along in the James Bond sketch – had touched her deeply.

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“She didn’t want any more puppies,” he said. “She didn’t want to leave a puppy behind.”

“She wanted to put an end to that,” Roberts said of the Queen’s corgi breeding. “I understood that we would discuss this further at a later date. Well we never talked about it later and I have no right to force her to keep raising young puppies if she doesn’t want to. It’s not my right.”

Still, it was hard to separate the monarch from her mutts.

Candy, an older corgi, stayed with her until the end. She also had two younger puppies, Muick and Sandy, who were gifted to her by her family in recent years. Her cocker spaniel is called Lissy.

According to the BBCThe royal family had a term for the calming effect the corgis had on the queen over the years: “the canine mechanism”.

“Sometimes when the situation gets too difficult, she literally goes off and takes the dogs for a walk,” wrote Penny Junor, author of All the Queen’s Corgis. “Prince Andrew is said to have taken three weeks to fight his way past the dogs to tell his mother his marriage to Sarah Ferguson was in trouble.”

“Dogs and horses are her passion,” Junor wrote, “and she really relaxes with them and the people who share that passion.”

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