In April 2016, Buckingham Palace issued this official photograph by Annie Leibowitz to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday. She is depicted with four of her dogs: Willow (corgi), Vulcan (dorgi), Candy (dorgi), and Holly (dorgi) (corgi).
London (CNN)Upon her death on Thursday at the age of 96, Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch in British history, left behind not only the kingdom and her family, but also a pack of canine pals.
Throughout her long life, Queen was frequently seen with a Welsh corgi at her feet, which became synonymous with the monarchy.
On February 4, 2022, at Windsor Castle, Queen Elizabeth II is accompanied by one of her dogs, a dorgi named Candy, as she examines an exhibition of artifacts from her Golden and Platinum Jubilees.
But while every detail of what would occur after her passing was meticulously arranged, little is known about the future of her cherished puppies, who are now searching for new homes.
According to reports, Queen Elizabeth owned four dogs at the time of her death.
According to the American Kennel Club, she owned two Pembroke Welsh corgis named Muick and Sandy, as well as an older “dorgi” named Candy. Lissy, a cocker spaniel, allegedly joined the group in January of this year.
When her corgi mated with a dachshund belonging to her sister, Princess Margaret, the Queen is commonly credited with inventing the dorgi.
Joe Little, royal biographer and managing editor of Majesty magazine, told CNN that he expects royal personnel will care for the canines before Princess Anne and Prince Andrew adopt them.
“Princess Anne has previously owned corgis,” he explained. The two most recent additions were provided by the Duke of York and his daughters, thus it is unlikely that they will be separated.
The Queen’s affinity for corgis dates back to her youth, when she fell in love with her father’s dog, Dookie. On her 18th birthday in 1944, she received Susan, a Pembroke Welsh corgi puppy. Due to her affection for Susan, she supposedly brought her on her 1947 honeymoon. Susan died in January 1959.
The monarch owned dozens of corgis throughout her reign. One, Willow, appeared alongside her in the James Bond spoof she recorded for the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony.
At the age of 14, when Willow was euthanized, the Queen lost the final descendant of her first corgi, Susan.
According to Reader’s Digest, the Queen enjoyed corgis for their “energy and unbridled spirit.”
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