What will happen to the queen’s dogs?

Corgis or not Corgis? Elizabeth II never asked the question. Throughout her reign, she devoted a real cult to this breed of short-legged dogs, to the point of making them an integral part of her image. Of the thirty or so corgis she had in her home during her lifetime, three survived (two corgis and a dorje).

The Queen’s love affair with these dogs began in 1933, when Dookie, Buckingham Palace’s first corgi, burst into the life of Elizabeth, who was then 7 years old. An unbreakable bond is created, and strengthened a little more on the day of her eighteenth birthday, when she receives her corgi from the hands of George VI, her father. From there, multiple litters will see the dogs of the queens invade the palace over the course of 14 generations of aristocrats.

With age gradually catching up with the Queen, she decided to put an end to this canine frenzy. In 2015, for example, she stated that she does not want to leave young dogs behind, and certainly sees her health deteriorate. In 2018, the royal corgi dog breed faded with the death of Willow. However, it’s impossible to live without them: In 2021, while her husband, Prince Philip, was hospitalized, Lilibeth received two new canine puppies, Fergus and Muek – Fergus won’t live long, but will soon be replaced by another Corgi, in June.

The life of (anything but) a dog

What will happen to the queen’s dogs? After her untimely death on September 8 at the age of 96, Elizabeth left behind two corgis, but also a dorje – a mix of a dachshund (English dachshund) and a corgi. And according to The Independent, there’s really nothing to worry about their future.

The British media ensured that the Queen left nothing to chance (it’s not her style) and that a plan tailored for their future days was carefully crafted. A path in particular emerges: The Queen’s dogs can go on with their lives in peace with a member of the royal family. Many of the staff, as well as the Queen’s children, will also be inclined to welcome them.

You only need to see how pampered the royal corgi have been to imagine the moment of golden retirement that awaits them. The Queen’s dogs lived inside Buckingham Palace, in their own room, the “Corgi Room”. Wicker baskets, sheets changed daily, menu… We are far from a dog’s life.

If the fate of Queen Elizabeth II’s dogs will certainly be a topic of debate across the Channel, for now, Britons and Crown lovers are grieving the death of the person who marked history for nearly a century. The only constant in a fickle world.

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