- Queen Elizabeth II has had more than 30 corgis since 1945.
- They accompany her on vacations and are underfoot when she meets world leaders.
- Her last royal corgi, Willow, died in April.
The royal family has a thing for corgis.
Ever since 1933 when King George IV (then the Duke of York) acquired a corgi named Dookie, royals have considered the dogs part of the family. Queen Elizabeth II has had more than 30 corgis since 1945.
Meghan Markle even earned their approval during tea with the queen before their engagement. Prince Harry told the BBC in the couple’s engagement interview that: “The corgis took to her straight away. I’ve spent the last 33 years being barked at – this one walks in, absolutely nothing.”
Elizabeth’s last purebred family corgi, Willow, died in April before her 92nd birthday, and Whisper, a corgi she adopted from a former Sandringham gamekeeper, died Friday. She still has two corgi-dachshund crosses, known as “dorgis.”
Here are 24 delightful photos of the queen and her corgis through the years.
Queen Elizabeth II has loved corgis since she was a little girl.
They're practically part of the family.
The queen mother had pet corgis, too.
Sometimes they accompanied her on outings.
Sometimes they just came along for the ride.
The royal family's love of corgis dates back to 1933, when King George IV (then the Duke of York) acquired a corgi named Dookie.
Elizabeth was then given a corgi named Susan as a birthday present in 1944.
All of the queen's corgis have descended from Susan.
Her children grew up around the dogs.
They had the corgis as playmates.
The corgis often accompanied the queen on her travels.
They've been on many a private jet.
They've tagged along to the royal family's traditional holiday getaway in Sandringham, England.
And could be found roaming the grounds of Windsor Castle.
They've taken the train to Sandringham for royal Christmas and New Years celebrations.
And were seemingly intrigued by the idea of riding in President Barack Obama's car.
The corgis are underfoot at royal events.
They've sat in on high-profile meetings with world leaders.
Sometimes they steal the show.
The queen also enjoys meeting other corgis on royal engagements.
She always makes time to stop and pet them.
The queen has also been known to visit kennel clubs abroad.
It's well known that Elizabeth holds a special fondness for corgis.
But they seem to love her, too.
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