Queen Stopped Breeding Corgis Before Death As She Didn’t Want Them To Outlive Her

The Queen and a corgi.
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The Queen stopped breeding corgis before her death as she didn’t want them to outlive her.

According to horse trainer and long-time adviser, Monty Roberts, she ‘did not want to leave any behind’.

The Queen quietly stopped breeding corgis or replacing her dogs when they died in 2015, according to The Express.

Throughout Her Majesty’s 70-year reign, it’s believed she had more than 30 corgis.

According to the BBC, she loved the breed since she was a little girl and got her first corgi when was seven.

It’s believed she asked her father, who would go on to become King George VI, if she could have one after meeting one at her friend’s home.

The majority of the Queen’s corgis are descendants of one in particular, called Susan, that she received in 1944.

The BBC reports that when Susan passed away in 1959, Her Majesty said: “I had always dreaded losing her, but I am ever so thankful that her suffering was so mercifully short.”

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Though she stopped breeding the dogs in 2015, she did receive new animals as gifts.

Following the death of her husband, Prince Philip, she was reportedly gifted two puppies Muick and Fergus by her son, Prince Andrew.

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Tragically, Fergus passed away and so Prince Andrew and his daughters, Princess Beatrice and Eugenie, gave her another puppy called Sandy.

Newsweek reports that the Queen also acquired a four-year-old cocker spaniel named Lissy last year too.

After Her Majesty’s passing, Newsweek was told by royal expert Ingrid Seward that her ‘first’ and ‘last’ love was the dog breed.

Seward told the news outlet that it was not clear what will happen to them. However, she speculated that they may go to Prince Andrew.

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“I imagine the dogs would be looked after by the family, probably Andrew [as] he’s the one that gave them to her, they’re quite young, the corgi and the dorgi,” the expert reportedly said.

However, author Penny Junor believes they may be cared for by the Queen’s staff.

In her 2018 book, ‘All The Queen’s Corgis’, she penned: “Care of the dogs has fallen sometimes to footmen but mostly to the Queen’s trusted dressmaker, assistant and right-hand woman, Angela Kelly; and to her equally trusted page of many years standing, Paul Whybrew, who was seen walking with the Queen and the dogs in the James Bond spoof.”

She went on to add that both are ‘fond’ of the Queen’s pets.

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