Elizabeth loved the breed since childhood

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By SAMYA KULLAB, Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — For many people around the world, the word corgi is forever linked to Queen Elizabeth II.

Princess Diana once called them a “moving carpet” always at her mother-in-law’s side. Stocky, fluffy little dogs with a high-pitched bark, corgis had been the late Queen’s constant companions since she was a child. She owned nearly 30 of them in her lifetime, and they lived a life of privilege worthy of a royal pet.

Elizabeth’s death last week has raised public concern over who will look after her beloved dogs. But Sky News reported on Sunday, according to a palace spokesperson, that the corgis will go live with Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson.

“One of the intriguing things people ask at funerals is whether a corgi is going to be present,” said Robert Lacey, royal historian and author of ‘Majesty: Elizabeth II and the House of Windsor’. “The Queen’s best friends were corgis, those short-legged, moody beasts with a yelp that doesn’t appeal to many people in Britain, but was absolutely crucial to the Queen.

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Elizabeth’s love of corgis began in 1933 when her father, King George VI, brought home a Welsh corgi from Pembroke that they named Dookie. Images of a young Elizabeth walking the dog outside their lavish London home are said to be the first of many to appear over the decades.

When she was 18, she received another and named it Susan, the first in a long line of corgis to come. Later there were Dorgis – a cross of Dachshund and Corgi – owned by the Queen. Eventually, they came to accompany him on public appearances and became part of his personality.

Throughout Elizabeth’s 70 years on the throne, corgis were by her side, accompanying her on official visits, sleeping in their own room at Buckingham Palace with daily linen changes and occasionally biting the ankles of the queen. strange visitor or member of the royal family.

Three of them even appeared alongside the Queen as she boarded the awaiting James Bond helicopter in the spoof video that opened the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

British author Penny Junor documented their spirited lives in a 2018 biography “All the Queen’s Corgis.”

She writes that Elizabeth walked and fed the dogs, chose their names, and when they died, buried them with individual plaques. Care for the corgis was largely the responsibility of the Queen’s trusted seamstress and assistant, Angela Kelly, and her page Paul Whybrew.

Corgis were also present when the Queen welcomed visitors to the palace, including distinguished statesmen and officials. When the conversation died down, Elizabeth often turned her attention to her dogs to fill the silence.

“She was also concerned about what would happen to her dogs when she was gone,” Junor wrote, noting that some royals didn’t share her fondness for corgis.

After the death of her corgi Willow in 2018, it was reported that the queen would no longer have dogs.

But that changed during the illness of her late husband, Prince Philip, who died in 2021 aged 99. She again turned to her beloved corgis for comfort. On what would have been Philip’s 100th birthday last year, the Queen is said to have received another dog.

In addition to her human family, Elizabeth is survived by two corgis, a dorgi and a cocker spaniel.

This story corrects what would have been Prince Philip’s 100th birthday to 2021, not this year.

Associated Press writer Danica Kirka in London contributed.

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