Marking the end of an era, Queen Elizabeth's last corgi Willow has died.
The Queen has loved corgis all her life, having owned over 30 during her reign, and she bred her own until 2015 when she halted the practice
because she "didn't want to leave any young dog behind."
Willow was a 14th generation descendant of the Queen’s first dog Susan, who came to her as an 18th birthday present from her parents in 1944. Susan was so beloved that she accompanied Elizabeth on her honeymoon. The royal corgi matriarch is buried in the Sandringham grounds alongside some of her offspring.
In 2012, Willow appeared in a James Bond-themed sketch
for the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Prince Harry has remarked
that he "spent 33 years getting barked at" while "the corgis took to [fiancée Meghan Markle] straightaway." (Meghan adds: "Just laying on my feet during tea, it was very sweet.")
"An insider @ Buckingham Palace" says of Elizabeth, "She has mourned every one of her corgis over the years, but she has been more upset about Willow’s death than any of them… It is probably because Willow was the last link to her parents and a pastime that goes back to her own childhood. It really does feel like the end of an era."
Three dogs still remain as companions of the Queen, though they are not from the same gene pool as Willow. Surviving their "sister" are Whisper, a corgi Elizabeth adopted following the death of its owner (a gatekeeper at her private estate), and two "dorgis"—a cross-breed that was introduced to the royal household after one of Elizabeth’s corgis mated with a dachshund belonging to her sister, Princess Margaret.( Collapse )SourceWhat is your favorite dog breed?