Published: Fri, April 20, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

The Queen's last corgi dies, hitting Her Majesty 'extremely hard'

The Queen's last corgi dies, hitting Her Majesty 'extremely hard'

The 91 year old monarch had to put her beloved corgi Willow to sleep at the Windsor Castle on Sunday as the canine had been suffering from a cancer-related illness and her owner did not want her to suffer from the disease further.

Willow was the last corgis the Queen received from her dog Susan.

In honor of the queen's 92nd birthday on April 21, we're looking back at her lifelong affection for corgis.

A source said: "She does not like seeing her dogs suffer and she knows that sometimes putting a dog down is the kindest course of action - although that doesn't make her loss any less".

The loss of a pet is never easy, even for a queen.


However, the queen does still have two dorgis - dachsund-corgi crosses - named Vulcan and Candy, and previous year she agreed to adopt another corgi, Whisper, following the death of his owner, a former gamekeeper at Sandringham.

The Queen fell in love with the breed as a young child and named her first dog Dookie. "It really does feel like the end of an era".

Also, "She didn't want to leave any young dog behind" when she dies, longtime friend Monty Roberts - whom the Queen named a corgi after - said in July 2015.

"Willow represents a significant thread running through the Queen's life from her teenage years to her 90s". She was first introduced to corgi when she was seven-year-old by her father King George VI. According to the Guardian, the dorgis came about after one of the queen's corgis mated with Pipkin, a dachshund owned by her sister, the late Princess Margaret.

Every corgi she has owned is descended from Susan, a dog presented to her as an 18th birthday present. Photograph by Annie Leibovitz for V.F. Summer 2016.

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