Illustrator's painting of crying corgi in tribute to Queen goes viral

crying corgi illustration by graeme bandeira
Illustrator's crying corgi image goes viralGraeme Bandeira

A portrait of a crying corgi, created by a Yorkshire-based illustrator to mark Queen Elizabeth II's death, has gone viral on social media.

Graeme Bandeira, who lives in Harrogate, created the painting after learning Her Majesty had died peacefully at Balmoral Castle on Thursday 8th September 2022.

Sharing the photo on Twitter, the acrylic ink image features one of the Queen's corgis resting on a red cushion with a small tear in its eye — showing that dogs can also grieve the loss of a person they've bonded with.

"The Queen is obviously popular with the corgis and it's widely talked about and I think the whole country loved the Queen's corgis," Graeme told ITV News. "I just wanted to do something different really rather than the normal funeral style pictures. I wanted to tug at the public's heart strings. It was a personal touch really, just to send out my heartfelt condolences."

The Queen first fell in love with Corgis in 1933 when her father, King George VI, gifted a corgi to Elizabeth and Margaret. They have been in the royal family ever since, becoming well-known little royal-approved pups. In fact, according to previous research, it's thought the Queen has had over 30 Corgis throughout her 63-year reign.

Paying tribute to the late Queen, Graeme added: "I think she is a remarkable woman. I'm full of admiration for her for whats she has achieved in life. The longevity is absolutely frightening really, 70 years service, unwavered- phenomenal lady."

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