Queen Elizabeth II’s corgis were her right-hand companions while reigning as the Queen of England.
But now for the first time ever the Queen is without a corgi by her side. Queen Elizabeth had to put down her last corgi Sunday. Willow was 14 and was a descendant of the Queen’s first corgi Susan. The Queen got Susan when she was 18 years old in 1944 as a birthday present. Since then the Queen would breed a new generation of corgis from Susan. But even Susan has her own impressive lineage.
Susan was a descendant of her father Georgy VI’s corgi Dookie. Dookie was brought into the royal family in 1933.
Willow was a fourteenth generation corgi from Susan. In 2015 Queen Elizabeth decided to stop breeding her dogs. She decided to stop breeding because she didn’t want any of her dogs to be left behind when she passes and outlive her.
This is the first time since World War II that the Queen is corgi less. According to the Daily Mail, Willow had a cancer-related illness and was put down at the Windsor Castle.
“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,” says a Buckingham Palace source to the Daily Mail. “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.”
The Queen may be corgi less but she’s without dogs. She has two dorgis, a corgi-dachshund breed named Vulcan and Candy. She also adopted a corgi named Whisper a year ago. Whisper’s owner was a former groundskeeper at Sandringham House, where the Queen resides. He passed away so the Queen adopted his dog.
Still, the death of Willow is impactful. She’s had the same lineage of corgis since her teenage years up until her 90s.