We are all familiar with these famous Royal names: Elizabeth, Philip, Charles, William, Kate, Harry, and Meghan. But I'll bet you don't recognize these lesser-known but equally as important members of the Royal Family - Holly, Willow, Tiny, and Pipkin!
Did you know that the last four names, in fact, belong to current and past Royal pets - The Queen’s beloved Corgis! Over the years, Queen Elizabeth has had over 30 Corgis since her family got their first one, Dookie, when Elizabeth was seven years old. The future-queen had first fallen in love with the breed after encountering those owned by the children of the Marquess of Bath. On her 18th birthday, Queen Elizabeth got her first Corgi of her very own, named Susan, as a gift from her dad, King George VI.
The Queen’s favorite breed, to be precise, is the Pembroke Welsh Corgi. She currently has two Corgis named Holly and Willow, sisters born in July of 2003. Rumor in the palace has it that these two have been up to something, just ask their two pups Vulcan and Candy, the two “Dorgis” (Dachshund/Corgi mix) in the palace.
In the picture, below, the Queen poses with Holly on her lap and, from left on the ground, Willow, and the two Dorgis, Vulcan, and Candy. Apparently, back in the day, the Corgi was sneaking around the palace and met Princess Margaret's Dachshund, and as they say, the rest is history!
Truth be told, that's not exactly how it happened. Still-young princesses, Elizabeth and her sister Margaret, invented the “Dorgi,” by intentionally cross-breeding Elizabeth’s Corgi, Tiny, with Margaret’s Dachshund, Pipkin. The Queen has continued to crossbreed these two after the original "scandal."
The Corgi breed has been a prominent part of The Queen’s life since 1949, when she started a program of Royal Corgi breeding after her first puppy, Susan. The Queen herself oversaw this program through at least 14 generations. Susan founded a Corgi dynasty, spanning at least ten generations of Royal Corgis.
The program has since halted, and it is expected that Willow will be the last remaining Royal Corgi in the Royal Palace. If you want to see more of the famous pooches watch the video, below, and enjoy a glimpse of the Royal life. You'll get a kick out of it!
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