In 2018, Whisper, the last of the Queen’s corgisdied, but even then she wasn’t completely without dog affection.
Two dorgis—the product of one of the Queen’s corgis mating with dachshunds from her sister, Princess Margaret—named Vulcan and Candy, remained after 12-year-old Whisper’s death. Vulcan is now deceased, but Candy survives.
But corgis were welcomed back into the Queen’s household in 2021, while her husband Prince Philip was hospitalized when she gave birth to two puppies, which she named Fergus and Muick.
Both names have special meanings: Muick is named after a favorite spot near Balmoral Castle, the Queen’s summer residence, and Fergus after an uncle she never knew. Her mother’s brother, Fergus Bowes-Lyon, was killed in action in World War I in 1915.
Fergus, the pup, died tragically of a heart defect just two months later, but Her Majesty gave birth to another puppy from son Prince Andrew and granddaughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie in June, on what would have been Philip’s 100th birthday. At her death, the queen left behind three dogs.
in 2015, it has been reported that the queen deliberately had no intention of adding more dogs to her brood. After one of her last corgis passed away in 2012, she told horse trainer Monty Roberts that she didn’t want any more young dogs because “she didn’t want to leave a young dog behind. She wanted to end it.”
The History of the Corgi and the Queen
Princess Elizabeth’s first blush with her favorite dog breed occurred in 1933, when she was just seven years old. Her father – then the Duke of York – bought a corgi named Dookie for daughters Elizabeth and Margaret. A second corgi, Jane, was added and after she had a litter of puppies, two of those puppies, Crackers and Carol, were kept.
For her eighteenth birthday in 1944, Princess Elizabeth was given another corgi named Susan as a gift from her father – now King George VI. Since her accession to the throne in 1952, the Queen has owned more than 30 corgis, who—though sometimes known for their nipping and biting—lived as lavish a life as any dog could lead.
The Life of a Royal Corgi
The Queen’s corgis, who lived at Buckingham Palace, enjoyed a privileged life, living in their own room in the palace known as the Corgi Room.
They slept in raised wicker baskets – the sheets were changed daily – and were cared for by the Queen herself. Their menu was extensive and featured fresh rabbit and beef served by a gourmet chef.
At Christmas, the Queen gave her dogs stockings full of toys and cookies. The dogs are looked after by two lackeysreferred to as “Doggie 1” and “Doggie 2.”
What will happen to the corgis now?
Despite her wish that no new dogs be added to her home from 2012, Her Majesty left behind three dogs when she died. What will happen to these dogs now?
While it is not entirely known to the public where the dogs will be rehomed, royal correspondent Victoria Arbiter told: The independent that no stone is left unturned for the Queen – and that there is undoubtedly a plan for their lives after Her Majesty’s death.
“We can only speculate about plans for the corgis — nothing is left to chance with the royal family,” she said.
“The royal family is a family of dog lovers, although none of them are fond of corgis. The Queen was definitely the lord and master and had a great way with them. They were known for pinching the ankles of the royal family.”
If he had to guess, Arbiter said the dogs would probably go to a member of the herd.
“All the Queen’s children would welcome them with open arms,” she said.
If it’s not a relative, Arbiter said, it would likely be a trusted member of staff. “She was surrounded by dog lovers,” Arbiter added.