Corgis or not corgis? Elizabeth II never asked the question. Throughout her reign, she devoted a real cult to this breed of short-legged dogs, to the point of making it an inseparable part of her image. Of the thirty or so corgis that she had in her home during her life, three of them (two corgis and a dorgi) survived her.
The Queen’s love affair with these dogs began in 1933, when Dookie, Buckingham Palace’s first corgi, burst into Elizabeth’s life, then aged 7. An unbreakable bond is created, reinforced a little more on the day of her eighteenth birthday, when she receives her own corgi from the hands of George VI, her father. From there, the multiple litters will see royal corgis invade the palace over 14 generations of Aristochians.
Age gradually catching up with the queen, she decided to put an end to this canine frenzy. In 2015, for example, she reported not wanting to leave behind young puppies, surely seeing her health decline. In 2018, the royal line of corgis even died out with the passing of Willow. Impossible, however, to live without them: in 2021, while her husband, Prince Philip, was hospitalized, “Lilibeth” received two new corgis puppies, Fergus and Muick – Fergus will not live long, but will soon be replaced by another corgi, in June.
A life (anything but) of a dog
What will become of the Queen’s dogs? After her sudden death on September 8 at the age of 96, Elisabeth leaves behind two corgis, but also a dorgi – a mix of dachshund (dachshund in English) and corgi. And according to The Independent, there is really nothing to worry about for their future.
The British media ensures that the queen has left nothing to chance (it’s not her style) and that a plan specifically designed for their future days has been carefully drawn up. A track emerges in particular: the dogs of the queen could continue their life peacefully with a member of the royal entourage. Several members of staff, but also the children of the queen, would also be quite inclined to welcome them.
You only have to see how the royal corgis were pampered to imagine for a moment the golden retirement that awaits them. The Queen’s dogs lived inside Buckingham Palace, in their own room, the ‘Corgi Room’. Wicker baskets, sheets changed daily, gourmet menu… we are far from a dog’s life.
If the fate of the corgis of Elizabeth II will surely be a subject of discussion across the Channel, for the time being, the British and lovers of the crown mourn the death of the one who marked history for almost a century. The only constant in an inconstant world.