In Photos: See Queen Elizabeth's Long History With Her Beloved Corgis
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.
Windsor Park, 1960
Queen Elizabeth takes her beloved pups everywhere, including Windsor Park. Here, she’s seen photographing her corgis, along with what appears to be a “dorgi” (a dachshund and corgi mix) in 1960.
The Queen is seen beaming with pride in a photo shoot in the salon at Sandringham House alongside her corgi, who looks equally in love with his or her master.
Queen Elizabeth and her daughter, Princess Anne, arrive in Liverpool along with their corgis back on February 2, 1970.
145 Piccadilly, 1936
On July 1936, a then-Princess Elizabeth was photographed sitting on a garden seat along with two corgis at her home on 145 Piccadilly, London.
The royal family appears outside of Clarence House to celebrate the Queen Mother's birthday. Alongside them is an adorable corgi pup.
Windsor Castle, 1944
Princess Margaret Rose is pictured on May 30, 1944 while holding a young corgi up to a horse alongside Princess Elizabeth at Windsor Castle.
Palace Gardens, 1953
Queen Elizabeth is photographed in the palace gardens with a rather exuberant corgi in March,1953.
A Sandy Beach
The Queen walks with a friend down a sandy beach—and they are accompanied by a corgi.
With the Duke of Edinburgh, 1982
Queen Elizabeth is photographed on the 30th anniversary of her reign, on February 4, 1982. She is pictured alongside the Duke of Edinburgh and, of course, a corgi.
In the Woods, 1979
Members of the British royal family, including Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Edward, and Queen Elizabeth II, walk together in the woods with a family corgi on October 31, 1979.
A very young Princess Elizabeth walks what could be one of her first corgi dogs in London's Hyde Park.