Farewell, Corgis: The Queen Doesn't 'Want to Leave Any Young Dog Behind'
They’re so synonymous with Queen Elizabeth that they sell soft toy versions in the palace shop and they appeared alongside her in her London Olympics mini-movie with Bond star Daniel Craig. But the days of her corgis are numbered. The Queen, 89, has signaled that she would not like any more new dogs as she […]
But the days of her corgis are numbered.
The Queen, 89, has signaled that she would not like any more new dogs as she gets older.
Confirming reports of earlier this year, horse trainer Monty Roberts says the Queen doesn’t want any more Pembroke Welsh corgi puppies. She currently has two of her signature breed, called Holly and Willow, while also owning two dachshund-corgi crosses (known as dorgis) called Candy and Vulcan.
When one of her last corgis, named Monty for Roberts who is an informal adviser to the Queen, died in 2012, he asked if she wanted to get a replacement. “She didn’t want to have any more young dogs,” he tells Vanity Fair. “She didn’t want to leave any young dog behind. She wanted to put an end to it.”
The short-legged dogs tend to have a lifespan of about 12-14 years. Roberts adds, “I have no right to try to force her into continuing to bring on young puppies if she doesn’t want to. That isn’t my right. But it still concerns me. Because I wanted her to believe in her existence until she’s no longer here, because she’s just too important to the world to contemplate checking out.
“For me, the Queen can’t die.”
Corgis arrived in the modern royal family in 1933 when King George VI bought one, called Dookie, for his daughters, Elizabeth and the late Princess Margaret. A second, Jane, was added and when she had a litter of puppies. Two of those, named Crackers and Carol, were kept.
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Elizabeth had another one, named Susan, for her 18th birthday and they have been a symbol of the family ever since.