Posted 49d ago
By Charlotte Regen
They have been an iconic part of the Royal Family since King George VI’s reign over the United Kingdom.
Corgis and Dorgis, a cross between a Corgi and a Dachshund, have been mixing with the Royals since 1933 when King George VI brought home a Corgi puppy.
The Pembrokeshire Welsh Corgi was adopted from Thelma Gray and was renamed Duke from Dookie after entering into the Royal household.
Duke is said to have sparked a love for dogs in Queen Elizabeth II, who has gone on to own at least 30 Corgis and Dorgis in her time.
Her passion for pets has been documented in Royal photographs, which show the Queen – then a Princess – alongside her beloved dogs.
The Queen was gifted her first ever Corgi, Susan, on her 18th birthday in 1944, and snuck her on her honeymoon with Prince Phillip three years later.
Princess Elizabeth (Queen Elizabeth II) with two Pembroke Welsh Corgi dogs, Dookie and Jane, at her home at 145 Piccadilly, London, UK, July 1936. (Photo: Getty Images)
It has been reported Prince Phillip “loathed” the Queen’s Corgis for being “too yappy” – but this didn’t stop her from filling Buckingham Palace with dogs.
Despite not winning over Prince Phillip, three of the Queen’s dogs, Monty, Willow and Holly, won over the nation after making their TV debut alongside the Queen and Daniel Craig in a James Bond sketch.
The Royal Princesses Margaret (1930 - 2002) and Elizabeth (Elizabeth II) with their mother, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, 1900 - 2002) and their father Albert, Duke of York (George VI, 1895 - 1952) with their dogs, including Pembroke Welsh Corgi dogs Dookie and Jane and Tibetan Lion Choo-Choo, outside the Welsh Cottage at the Royal Lodge, Windsor, UK, June 1936. (Photo: Getty Images)
Filmed at Buckingham Palace, the sketch became part of the 2012 Olympic opening ceremony – and has since been viewed more than 50 million times on YouTube.
Her dogs have also become the focus of their own animated movie called The Queen’s Corgis, which stars Jack Whitehall and Dame Julie Walters as voice actors.
The animated movie provides an insight into what life might be like for the Queen’s dogs, and includes mention of the ‘Corgi Room’ at Buckingham Palace, where the dogs sleep in elevated wicker baskets.
The Royal Princesses Margaret (1930 - 2002) and Elizabeth (Elizabeth II) with their mother, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, 1900 - 2002) and their father Albert, Duke of York (George VI, 1895 - 1952) with their Pembroke Welsh Corgi dog at the Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park, UK, April 1940. (Photo: Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II, who has been credited for creating the Dorgi breed, is said to be very hands on with her dog and walks them around the Palace grounds every day.
She is known for giving her dogs’ unusual names including Bisto Oxo, Whisky, Cider, Spick, Span, Bushy and Brush, to name just a few.
The Queen, who currently has three dogs – was left heartbroken earlier this year when her beloved Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, sadly passed away. He ‘died peacefully’ on April 9, 2021, aged 99.
Princess Elizabeth reads to her sister Princess Margaret and Jane the corgi by a window in Windsor Castle. Princess Elizabeth is the future Queen Elizabeth II of England. (Photo: Getty Images)
It has been said her dogs brought her great comfort during this difficult time.
However, Fergus, a five-month-old Dorgi, tragically died just one month after Prince Philip’s, leaving her Majesty heartbroken for a second time.
Her current dogs include Candy, who is said to be around 13-years-old, Muick and another whose name is yet to be announced.
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