Queen Elizabeth and her corgi dogs. A love born in 1933. Who will take care of them?

AgenPress – For many people around the world, the word corgi is forever linked to Queen Elizabeth II.

Princess Diana once called them a “moving walk” always alongside her mother-in-law. Small squat and fluffy dogs with a sharp bark, corgis were constant companions of the late queen since she was a child. She has owned nearly 30 of her all her life and they have enjoyed a life of privilege worthy of a royal pet.

Elizabeth’s death last week has raised public concerns about who will take care of her beloved dogs. Some speculate that they will be sent to live with other members of the royal family, while others say that this task could be entrusted to the palace staff.

“One of the intriguing things people ask at the funeral is whether a corgi will be present,” said Robert Lacey, royal historian and author of “Majesty: Elizabeth II and the House of Windsor.” “The Queen’s best friends were corgi, these short-legged, short-tempered beasts with a yelp that many people in Britain don’t like, but it was absolutely crucial to the queen.

Elizabeth’s love of corgi began in 1933 when her father, King George VI, brought home a Welsh corgi Pembroke which they named Dookie. Images of a young Elizabeth walking her dog out of their lavish London home would be the first of many to come over the decades.

When she was 18 she was given another one and named her Susan, the first of a long line of corgis to come. Later there were the dorgi, a cross between dachshund and corgi, owned by the queen. Eventually they came to accompany her in public appearances and became part of her persona.

During Elizabeth’s 70 years on the throne, the corgis have been by her side, accompanying her on official tours, sleeping in their room in Buckingham Palacand with the daily changing of the sheets and, occasionally, biting the ankles of the strange visitor or member of the royal family.

Three of them even appeared alongside the Queen as she boarded the helicopter to await James Bond in the parody video that opened the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

British author Penny Junor documented their exuberant lives in a 2018 biography All the Queen’s Corgis.

She writes that Elizabeth walked and fed the dogs, chose their names and when they died she buried them with individual plaques. The care of the corgi had largely fallen on Queen’s trusty seamstress and assistant Angela Kelly and her page Paul Whybrew.

The corgis were also present when the queen welcomed visitors to the palace, including distinguished statesmen and officials. When the conversation subsided, Elizabeth often turned her attention to her dogs to fill the silence.

“She was also worried about what would happen to her dogs when she was gone”, Junor wrote, noting that some members of the royal family did not share his fondness for corgi.

Following the death of her corgi Willow in 2018, it was reported that the queen would no longer have dogs.

But things changed during the illness of her late husband, Prince Philip, who died in 2021 at the age of 99. She once again turned to her beloved corgi for comfort. On what would have been Philip’s 100th birthday last year, the queen would be given another dog as a gift.

Queen Elizabeth and her corgi dogs. A love born in 1933. Who will take care of them? – Agenpress