Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II has died aged 96 at Balmoral Castle and left behind a decades-long legacy as Britain's longest-reining monarch. She is survived by her four children, eight grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. She also leaves behind her beloved four-legged friends. As she famously said, "My corgis are family."
It's believed the Queen had four dogs at the time of her death: two Pembroke Welsh Corgis, a Dorgi (Corgi-Dachshund mix), and a Cocker Spaniel named Lissy. Lissy joined the family in January 2022.
The Queen had more than 30 dogs during her reign, descended from the first one named Susan, whom she received as a gift for her 18th birthday. According to Reader's Digest, the Queen preferred corgis to other breeds because of their "energy and untamed spirit."
She took a hands-on approach to their feeding and care and took them for regular walks. She reportedly decided to stop breeding corgis in 2015 so that none would be left behind when she died, but she received two as gifts from her son Andrew after her husband Prince Philip passed away. She's also credited with creating the Dorgi after breeding one of her dogs with Princess Margaret's Dachshund, Pipkin.
Now that the Queen has passed away, her beloved pups will have to find new homes. Royal biographer Ingrid Seward told Newsweek, "I imagine the dogs would be looked after by the family, probably Andrew [as] he's the one that gave them to her, they're quite young, the corgi and the dorgi."
Seward explained, "She loves animals and she absolutely adores dogs. She always has done, they were her first love and they will be her last."
The Royal Family has not made an official statement on what will happen to Queen Elizabeth's dogs, but it's safe to assume they will be in good hands.
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