The death of Queen Elizabeth’s last Corgi marks the end of an era for not only her, but also the entire Royal family.
Queen Elizabeth II is mourning the death of her beloved corgi, Willow, who was 14-years-old and passed away over the weekend. He had been suffering from a cancer related illness for years and the heartbreaking decision to put him to sleep was made.
According to People magazine, the Queen has been hit very hard by Willow’s death, as he is the last in a line that descended from her first corgi, Susan. When she was 18-years-old and a princess, Queen Elizabeth II was given Susan. Ever since then various corgi’s from that line have been faithful companions to her as she travel around the world and lived in her many homes.
Ever since the Queen was a young girl, the breeding and care of corgis has been a significant part of her life; indeed, she herself has said, "My corgis are family." On Sunday, the last corgi she bred, Willow (bottom left), died and marked the "end of an era." As one courtier commented, "Willow represents a significant thread running through the Queen's life from her teenage years to her 90s. For many, many years she bred and raised corgis, and to think that the last one has now gone is something of a milestone." Read more at the link in bio. Photograph by Annie Leibovitz for V.F. Summer 2016.
Despite not having her own adorable corgi until she was older, she has been around the adorable dogs all of her life. King George VI, her father, first introduced the family to corgis with Dookie back in 1933.
The sad passing of Willow comes 18 months after her beloved Holly passed away. Both dogs became famous at the opening ceremonies for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, when they were featured in a mini-movie alongside the Queen and James Bond. They also posed in portraits with Queen Elizabeth II on her 90th birthday.
“Willow represents a significant thread running through the Queen’s life from her teenage years to her 90s. To think that the last one has gone is something of a milestone. It really does feel like the end of an era,” shared Daily Mail’s Richard Kay who is veteran reporter on the Royal family.
Queen Elizabeth’s last corgi has passed away. It is a hard time for the 92-year-old, as Willow was such an important part of her family. She had said in the past she would not get another corgi once Willow passed. Her decision was based on her age and desire to not leave a young animal behind. However, there are rumors she adopted a corgi after its owner, one of her gamekeepers at the royal family’s Sandringham estate in Norfolk, passed away. The palace has not confirmed that rumor.