The end of an era was marked by a very sad event at Buckingham Palace over the weekend as the Queen bid a final farewell to a beloved family member. The last of her Corgis has passed away after a long battle with cancer. Willow, who was almost 15 years old at the time of her death, had been the last in the line of dogs bred from her original pet, Susan, who came to live with her nearly 75 years ago.
The Queen’s love for Corgis is legendary, having received her first one, Susan, from her father King George on her 18th birthday. Since then, she has continued to breed the canines resulting in numerous family pets over the decades.
The last of the line, Willow, passed away on April 15th at the ripe old age of 15. The pup had been suffering from cancer and the tough decision to put her down was made so that she would not have to suffer any further.
The Queen is said to be devastated at the loss of her most faithful companion, and insiders fear she will be lost without the beloved Willow.
A Buckingham Palace source told the Daily Mail, “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.”
Her Majesty still held out hope for Willow’s survival, though. “It was reported that the Queen was still feeding and exercising Willow until the weekend, but the dog’s condition worsened.
“A vet was then said to have been called on Sunday afternoon when Prince Philip was able to rejoin her after nearly two weeks in hospital following a hip operation."
Queen Elizabeth will not be without pets, however, as she stilll has two “Dorgis” (a cross between a Dachshund and a Corgi) Although the two are fine companions, Willow was “the only dog left with a link to the Queen's original family of royal corgis.” And she does have an adopted Corgi, Whisper, that Her Majesty took in after the death of a former Sandringham gamekeeper.
Queen Elizabeth's love affair with Corgis started long ago when she was just a teenager. She fell in love with her father’s dog, Dookie, a Pembrokeshire corgi, and from then on begged her parents for one of her own.
Her wish was granted the day she turned 18, when her father gifted her with her first of many Corgis and the rest, they say, is history!
We extend our heartfelt sympathies to the Queen on her very sad loss.
To find out why the Queen will not be get any more Corgis, watch the video, below.