By Efrosini Nikolopoulou and Andrew Rontogiannis
The queen and her dogs (2016)
A British nobleman called Thomas Henry Thynne once inspired Queen Elizabeth. When young Princess Elizabeth and her sister Princess Margaret visited Thynne’s children, who kept a pair of corgis as pets, the young royals fell in love with the dogs.
The princesses’ parents decided 1933 to bring home a corgi named Dookie. He was the very first of the royal family’s many Welsh Corgis.
Jane, a new Corgi, soon joined the family. A reporter wrote: “The Princesses spend a lot of their free time with their dogs because the King and Queen and their children, are all dog lovers. The two Welsh corgis with the names Dookie and Jane are the most popular. The children are responsible for making sure they are brushed and exercised.” At the time, there were also golden Labradors, a Tibetan Mastiff, a Golden Retriever, and a Cocker Spaniel among the royal family.
Princess Elizabeth received Susan, her very own corgi, as a gift for turning 18 in 1944. Susan was a Pembroke Corgi.
Even on Elizabeth and Philip’s honeymoon, the dog came along.
Susan had puppies named Sugar and Honey, a year after Elizabeth gave birth to Prince Charles. Technically, Honey belonged to the Queen’s mother, and Sugar belonged to Prince Charles and Princess Anne.
Their lifestyle in the palace emphasizes the fact that the Queen once said: “My corgis are family.” According to rumors, the corgis ate steak and chicken and slept in wicker baskets in their special “corgi room” at Buckingham Palace. They accompanied the Queen as she visited her various abodes, too. The Queen believed strongly in homeopathy and herbal remedies, and every dog had their own menu. A butler always entered with eight unusual porcelain bowls, each for a different dog. The dogs were positioned in a semicircle to wait for their food bowls. Only a few owners are able to control their dogs with such discipline and organization as Her Majesty did in order for them to “wait” for their food.
In 2012 the Queen decided to stop breeding corgis. As Monty Roberts, the Queen’s dog trainer, said, “She didn’t want any more puppies in the family. She did not want to abandon any puppies. She wanted it to come to an end.” Willow, her Corgi, passed away in April 2018.
She may have stopped breeding Corgis because none of the Queen’s children loved them the way their mother did, despite the fact that the Windsor family is well-known for their love of animals, including dogs.
Prince William described the Corgis as “always barking.” “I don’t know how she handles it.”
96-year-old Queen Elizabeth II passed away on September 8 and three days later it was announced that Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson would adopt the animals, Muick and Sandy.