Queen Elizabeth is mourning the loss of one of her most cherished companions: Willow the Corgi. Willow was the last remaining Corgi in the Queen’s family of over 30 Corgis. Willow was 15 years old when she was put down for cancer.
This is an extremely difficult loss of Queen Elizabeth whose love for her dogs is well-known. She has never felt like they were dogs, but more like they are family. In losing Willow, she feels like she is truly losing a family. The loss of Willow is actually an extremely hard situation for Queen Elizabeth.
Queen Elizabeth has been a Corgi lover since the time she was a little girl. In her lifetime, she has had over 30 Corgis. Her love for Corgis was well-known and she often had more than two at any given time. Sadly, the Queen has stopped breeding Corgis for her companions because she did not want to leave any behind once she passed. Her Corgis truly marked an era.
Willow, the last Corgi of Queen Elizabeth’s reign, was special for many reasons. She was the 14th generation from her very first Corgi, Susan. Susan was gifted to Queen Elizabeth when he was 18 years old as a birthday gift. From then on, the Queen continued to breed Corgis from that same bloodline and almost explicitly Corgis.
Queen Elizabeth and her Corgis had a special relationship- one that was known by the world. While Willow was her last Corgi, she did stop owning dogs entirely. As an avid animal lover, she couldn’t part with dogs completely, so she started cross-breeding Corgis with Dachshunds and created the “Dorgi.”
Willow had a special place in the Queen’s heart as they shared what the Queen has planned to be “the end of an era.” The loss of Willow is not merely the loss of a pet, but the end of so much more.
Buckingham Palace has commented only that this matter is personal and private. They’ve shared that no further comment will be given. We can only imagine how Queen Elizabeth is dealing with the grief of her beloved Willow. Queen Elizabeth is undeniably mourning the loss of so much as losing Willow can’t help but force her to recognize her own age and humanity.
Her Majesty’s two Dorgis, Vulcan and Candy, will remain by her side until her last day. This truly is the end of an era.
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