Queen Elizabeth Just Said Goodbye to Her Last Corgi
It's the end of an era.
On Sunday, Queen Elizabeth II lost a beloved member of her family, Willow, her last Corgi.
As The Cut noted, Willow’s death means the Queen is royal corgi-less for the first time since 1936.
Willow, who reportedly died of cancer-related causes, lived for 14 wonderful years by the Queen’s side. She was also the 14th generation of corgis bred by Queen Elizabeth.
The Queen received her very first corgi as a gift when she was just 7 years old. That pup was a Pembroke Welsh corgi named Dookie.
Next, the Queen and Prince Philip were gifted a corgi they lovingly named Susan prior to their wedding. The dog was so beloved that she even accompanied them on their honeymoon. The couple then used Susan to begin their long breeding line, which led all the way down to Willow.
“She has mourned every one of her corgis over the years, but she has been more upset about Willow’s death than any of them,” a source told the Daily Mail. “It is probably because Willow was the last link to her parents and a pastime that goes back to her own childhood. It really does feel like the end of an era.”
Though the Queen had to say goodbye to her long line of royal corgis, she’s not done with being a dog mom just yet. As the Daily Mail noted, she still has two corgi-dachshunds named Vulcan and Candy. Moreover, in 2017, the Queen kindly agreed to adopt a corgi named Whisper after the death of his owner, who happened to be a former Sandringham gamekeeper.
Still, this doesn’t make Willow’s death any easier for the Queen or her dog-loving fans.
“Willow represents a significant thread running through the Queen’s life from her teenage years to her 90s,” the source added. “For many, many years she bred and raised corgis and to think that the last one has now gone is something of a milestone.”
According to the source, the dog is now buried on the castle grounds. Soon, its grave will reportedly be marked with a headstone with Willow’s name and the words “A faithful companion of the Queen.”