The Queen got her first corgi at the age of seven.
The Queen of England has a soft spot for two things: Her great-grandchildren and corgis.
Indeed, Queen Elizabeth has been a lifelong animal lover. As Travel + Leisure previously reported, Her Majesty has owned a literal menagerie throughout her reign including two sloths, a colony of bats, all the mute swans in the river Thames, and all the whales in the English Channel. And while she has undoubtedly loved them all, it is her constant corgi companions that she appears to have loved more than any other.
According to Vanity Fair, the Queen received her first corgi as a present when she was just seven years old. It was a Pembroke Welsh corgi named Dookie.
From there, her love of the adorable, short-legged pups grew so deep that she was even accompanied by a corgi named Susan on her honeymoon, Vanity Fair reported. In fact, the Queen’s last remaining corgis, Willow and Holly, are Susan’s 14th-generation descendants, according to the The Telegraph.
And just because they are dogs doesn’t make them any less royal. As animal psychologist Dr. Roger Mugford told Town & Country, the dogs eat just as well as the rest of the family when dinnertime comes around.
"Each dog had an individually designed menu, including an array of homeopathic and herbal remedies,” said Mugford, who has personally worked with the royal family’s pets.
“Their food was served by a butler in an eclectic collection of battered silver and porcelain dishes...the Queen got the corgis to sit in a semi-circle around her, and then fed them one by one, in order of seniority, as the others sat patiently and waited their turn."
And, according to a former Buckingham Palace chef, the corgis' food must be prepared by hand.
Below are 11 stunning photographs depicting the royal corgis through history.