A deep dive into the Queen’s love of corgis

the queen and her corgis
With some of her pets over the years (Picture: Getty)
The Queen’s love of her pet corgis is undeniable.

In fact, it’s thought the monarch has owned more than 30 corgis over the course of her 70-year reign.

Her Majesty has been photographed with her many dogs since she was a young girl.

And let’s not forget, she even appeared during the London Olympics opening ceremony with three corgis by her side, alongside Daniel Craig as James Bond . Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams tells Metro.co.uk: ‘If she had not been monarch, she would have been happy as a countrywoman surrounded by her dogs and horses.

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‘Her image, carefully cultivated over the decades, is iconic and includes her corgis on whom she has always doted.’

Queen Elizabeth ll arrives at Aberdeen Airport with her corgis to start her holidays in Balmoral, Scotland in 1974.
Queen Elizabeth ll arrives at Aberdeen Airport with her corgis to start her holidays in Balmoral, Scotland in 1974 (Picture: Getty/Anwar Hussein)
Queen at Sandringham
At Sandringham (Picture: Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
The royal love affair with the breed actually dates back to Queen Elizabeth II’s childhood – when her father, King George VI, brought home the family’s first corgi, a puppy named Dookie in 1933. Then, on her 18th birthday, the Queen was gifted a corgi named Susan – and a long line of Corgis have since followed suit.

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Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) with two corgi dogs at her home at 145 Piccadilly, London, July 1936.
Young Princess Elizabeth with two corgi dogs at her home in July 1936 (Picture: Lisa Sheridan/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II With Two Of Her Corgis In The Grounds Of Windsor Castle
On the grounds of Windsor Castle (Picture: Getty/Tim Graham Photo Library)
While lots of Queen Elizabeth’s pet names have been traditional – such as Monty, Susan and Holly, to Emma, Linnet, Noble, Willow and Heather – there have been a number of wildcards, too. Some of these include Candy, Sugar, Foxy, Bushy, Brush, Honey, Whisky, Sherry, Vulcan, Cider, Berry, Flash, Spick, Span, Tiny and Bisto Oxo. ‘She has a great love of animals, being one of the world’s equine experts and is also credited with the creation of the dorgi – a cross between a corgi and a dachshund,’ adds royal expert Richard.

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Queen Elizabeth II of England at Balmoral Castle with one of her Corgis, 28th September 1952
At Balmoral Castle with one of her Corgis, on September 28 1952 (Picture: Bettmann Archive)
 Queen Elizabeth II photographing her corgis at Windsor Park in 1960 in Windsor, England
Queen Elizabeth II photographing her corgis at Windsor Park in 1960 (Picture: Getty/Hulton Archive)
The monarch’s passion for her pets shines through and is even reflected in their incredibly lavish Buckingham Palace lifestyle. Insiders say the dogs have their own base in the Palace, referred to as ‘the corgi room’ where they sleep in elevated baskets to avoid the draft. It’s thought the Queen walks her pets twice a day – once after they have their lunch and another later on around the Grounds of Buckingham Palace.

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They are served fresh food for their dinner, prepared by staff in the Buckingham Palace kitchen.

Richard adds: ‘They reportedly also get their own Christmas stockings too.

‘It has been claimed that the corgis can be temperamental, but the Queen has had over 30 of them and they have a very special place in her heart.’

A few years ago, the Queen was left heartbroken when one of her beloved dogs, Vulcan, passed away of ‘old age’ at Windsor Castle .

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But last year, the monarch was gifted two corgi puppies to help her cope with Prince Phillip’s illness. Sadly one passed away just a month later – leaving the Queen incredibly upset. The two remaining dogs are older canine Candy and the other corgi puppy called Muick.

Below are some snaps of her beloved pets over the years:

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at the match with her pet corgi dogs to watch her husband and son compete, 30th April 1967
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at the Combermere Cup Final Polo match with her pet corgi dogs (Picture: Victor Crawshaw/Mirrorpix/Getty)
Queen Elizabeth II meets players and officials from the New Zealand Rugby League Team, the All Golds, inside the Bow Room at Buckingham Palace on October 16, 2007 in London,
Queen Elizabeth II meets players and officials from the New Zealand Rugby League Team (Picture: POOL/ Tim Graham Picture Library/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II at Sandringham with a corgi by her side
At Sandringham House with her pet dog (Picture: Bettmann Archive)

INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOUR PET: Nearly 80 million U.S. households have a pet, and 42 percent of those households have more than one, according to a 2015-2016 survey by the APPA. There are 77.8 million pet dogs in the U.S. and 85.8 million pet cats.

Queen Elizabeth and Duke of Edinburgh in 1979 posing with their children and corgis
With the royal family at Balmoral Castle in 1979 (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)

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