A Brief History Of The Queen’s Corgis

She's had a lot of them...

Queen Corgi

by Danielle Fowler |

The corgi is as well associated with the Queen as Buckingham Palace itself. And throughout her 63-year reign, Her Majesty is believed to have kept over 30 Pembrokeshire Welsh corgis in total. Whatever the final number, it's had two new additions: there are new reports that the Queen has welcomed a pair of corgi puppies into The Firm.

The arrivals come at a stressful time for the monarch. Her husband, Prince Philip, is in hospital and the family is bracing itself for an explosive tell-all interview with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. But we're sure Her Majesty will be lifted by two spirited puppies running around, especially after previously stating that she had brought an end to her breeding program in 2015, having said 'she doesn’t want to leave any behind.' But what started her love affair with the breed in the first place?

The Queen first fell in love with the breed back in 1933 when her father, King George VI, brought home a corgi for Elizabeth and Margaret. The sisters went on to name their new addition, Dookie.

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A young Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret ©Getty

The Queen's second corgi, Susan, was given to her as a gift to celebrate her 18th birthday in 1944. All of her future corgis - with the exception of this new duo - are descended from Susan.

Her Majesty even went on to create the 'dorgi', after cross breeding her dog Tiny with Margaret's Dachshund, Pipkin.

As yet, we don't know the names of the new puppies. But in the past, Her Majesty has opted for rather traditional names ranging from Monty, Heather and Emma.

But she has also chosen less overtly middle-class choices for her dogs. Her Majesty has given her other corgies names including Sugar, Candy, Honey, Willow, Spick and Span. Adorable.

Others reveal a lot about the Queen’s hobbies, as some corgis gained the titles Whisky, Sherry and Cider. We say 'hobbies', as drinking is practically a recreational activity in certain circles.

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The Queen with her corgis in Windsor Park ©Getty

The dogs are given an upbringing to rival our own, as they have their own gourmet chef who serves up feasts of beef and rabbit. The dogs also kip in a ‘corgi room’ where their baskets are elevated from the floor to avoid any drafts. Cosy.

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