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  • Writer's pictureMarina Veronica

Queen Elizabeth and her beloved Corgis!

Updated: Apr 27, 2023

  • In 1933, Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret fell in love with the Corgis owned by the 5th Marquess of Bath, Thomas Thynne.

  • Queen Elizabeth’s father, Prince Albert, Duke of York (later George VI) purchased the Pembroke Corgi Rozavel Golden Eagle, from the Rozavel kennels in Surrey. The Corgi was renamed Dookie.

  • In 1944, for her 18th birthday, Princess Elizabeth was gifted a Pembroke Corgi. She named the first Corgi of her own Susan.

  • Susan the Corgi became the progenitor of all the Corgis later owned by the Royal Household.

  • Queen Elizabeth II bred ten generations of dogs from Susan, owning personally more than 30 of the dogs.

  • The Queen’s Corgis were either pure-bred Pembroke Welsh Corgis or crossbreed Corgi/Dachshunds (otherwise known as Dorgis.)

  • Some of the Queen’s Corgis were named Whisky, Sherry, Mint, Dash, and Disco.

  • The Queen’s Corgis slept in wicker baskets lined with cushions in their own room.

  • The Queen’s Corgis ate fine meals prepared by a gourmet chef. These meals included rabbit and beef.

  • In 2018, the last of the Corgis belonging to the Queen (descending from Susan) died.

  • In 2021, during the COVID-19 Lockdown, Prince Andrew gave his mother Queen Elizabeth II a Corgi named Muick.

  • For her 95th official birthday, Andrew’s daughters Beatrice and Eugenie gave the Queen a Corgi named Sandy.

  • After the Queen’s passing, the Corgis Quick and Sandy were placed in the care of Prince Andrew and his former wife Sarah, Duchess of York.

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