Corgis are the dog breed that is almost directly associated with Queen Elizabeth. However, recently there were some sad news about Her Majesty and her favorite dog breed – the last corgi of Queen Elizabeth passed away this weekend.
Willow was nearly 15 years old and had been undergoing a long and painful battle with cancer. This weekend that battle was over when Willow was, unfortunately, put down.
Queen Elizabeth is famous for many things, including her love for corgis. She’s been breeding them for nearly 80 years, she herself being 91 right now. A former royal advisor said in a Vanity Fair interview, that the Queen haven’t had any new dogs since 2012, so Willow is her last corgi. The Queen had stopped taking care of dogs because she was worried about what would happen to her canine pals once she herself is gone. She “didn’t want to leave any behind”.
Another source told the Daily Mail that “She has mourned every one of her corgis over the years, but she has been more upset about Willow’s death than any of them.
“It is probably because Willow was the last link to her parents and a pastime that goes back to her own childhood. It really does feel like the end of an era.”
The passing of Willow doesn’t leave the Queen without canine company, however, at least not for now.
She still has the company of other dogs, especially several pooches from another breed she is famous for loving – dorgis. These mixes between dachshunds and corgis are themselves an unplanned creation of the Royal family. They come from one of the Queen’s corgis and a dachshund of Princess Margaret, called Pipkin. And they – namely Cider and Vulcan – are still alive and well and will continue to travel with her and have fun around the palace.
Both dorgis can be seen together with the Queen and her corgis on this 2016 Vanity Fair cover shot by Annie Leibovitz.