The Queen and Her Corgis
The Queen has had a well-known love for corgis since she was a small child, after falling for the corgis owned by the children of the Marquess of Bath. In 1933 King George VI bought Pembroke Welsh corgi, Dookie, and around the same time came another corgi named Jane. The Queen Mother had a corgi named Cracker who was nearly a constant companion and retired with her. In 1944 Queen Elizabeth was gifted a corgi named Susan for her 18th birthday. Susan even attended The Queen’s honeymoon in 1947. All of The Queens corgis are descendants of Susan. The Queen has owned over thirty corgis since ascending to the Throne.
The Royal corgis are well-known across the world and have been honoured through statues and works of art. In 1983 Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip visited Grand Cayman where government officials presented her with black coral sculptures of a corgi and a horse made by Bernard Passman. The crown coin which commemorated The Queen’s Golden Jubilee pictured her with a corgi.
They were once so abundant in the Royal household, that Princess Diana jokingly referred to The Queen’s corgis as ‘the moving carpet’. Monty, Holly and Willow also starred in the famous James Bond Olympic ceremony stunt that took place in Buckingham palace with The Queen. The Queen has now decided to stop breeding her corgis, making Holly and Willow, her 12 year old corgis who are the 14th generation descendants of Susan, her last corgis.
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