June 07, 2022

Eighteen years of Royal Corgis - from Susan to Pickles, Piper to Harris to Willow.

 Sunday 5th June, 2022

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For the past few days, Britain has been celebrating the Platinum Jubilee of her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth. This remarkable woman has reigned for an astounding 70 years and is the first monarch to do so. Even republicans recognise and appreciate her calmness, her humour and her years of unflinching devotion to duty.

Add to those attributes her love of animals - especially horses and dogs. It's a well known fact in Britain, and perhaps further afield, that Queen Elizabeth 11 goes nowhere without her beloved Corgis, who travel with her when she leaves Windsor Castle or Buckingham Palace. They have pride of place in the royal household and even have their own special room, with special beds, in the various royal apartments. And you can be sure that the Royal Corgis have had plenty of pampering and treats over the four day holiday.

From being given her first Corgi, Dookie, when she was seven years old she has never been without a Corgi or a Dorgi (a Dashund/Corgi cross.) This last mixed breed said to be the result of an 'accidental encounter' between one of the Queen's Corgis and Princess Margaret's Daschund. Over the years several more Corgies joined the household. Then, on her eighteenth birthday, Princess Elizabeth was given the present of Susan, who founded a dynasty of Royal Corgis in an unbroken line right down to Willow, who is the last of Susan't descendants. Currently the Queen has three dogs, two Corgis and a Dorgi.

Corgis are small herding dogs, originating in Wales. The name derives from the Welsh meaning 'dwarf' and 'dog'. There are two distinct breeds, Pembroke Welsh Corgi and the Cardigan Welsh Corgi, which is the larger of the two with a different shaped tail. The Pembroke gained enormously in popularity because of the association with the monarch. Queen Elizabeth has owned more than 30 Pembrokes or Corgis since she was a child. For a time they waned in popularity and even became listed a vulnerable breed but recently, partly due to the Netflix series 'The Crown', they have regained some of their former popularity.

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Source material adapted from article by Rebecca Sales for the BBC and from Wikipedia. 

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