How Much Do You Know About Queen Elizabeth's Corgis?
Queen Elizabeth II is a known Corgi-lover. But then again, aren't we all? To celebrate Queen Elizbeth's Corgi love, Spoonflower pulled together a few fun facts about the queen and her pups.
- The queen has owned more than 30 Corgis (but none, as far as we can tell, with a name longer than two syllables).
- Pembroke Welsh Corgis are her favorite breed.
- She has loved Corgis since she was a small child, after first encountering those owned by the children of the Marquess of Bath.
- The first Corgi she ever owned was called Dookie, which her father, the future King George VI, brought home for his daughters Elizabeth and Margaret in 1933.
- When Elizabeth was 7, she picked Dookie from a choice of three Corgi pups, reportedly because of his longer tail – "So that we can see whether he's pleased or not."
- When still young princesses, Elizabeth and her sister, Margaret, invented the "dorgi," by cross breeding Elizabeth's Corgi, Tiny, with Margaret's Dachshund, Pipkin.
- On her 18th birthday in 1944, the future queen was given a Corgi named Susan.
- She was so fond of Susan that she took her on honeymoon after marrying Prince Philip in 1947.
- Susan founded a Corgi dynasty, producing at least 10 generations of royal Corgis.
- Susan became one of several royal Corgis to bite royal servants, when she nipped Leonard Hubbard, the Royal Clockwinder, as he was entering the Royal Lodge Windsor in 1954.
- Holly and Willow, the queen's current Corgis, are the last two remaining of a once 13-strong pack.
- Holly and Willow seem likely to be the queen's last Corgis, after the announcement last year that she had ended her breeding program.