As any follower of the royal family knows, Queen Elizabeth II is definitely a dog person. Throughout her reign, her majesty has been rarely seen without her loyal pack of Pembroke Welsh corgis, a rotating group of puppies that have been around since childhood. But you probably don’t know everything about the precious regal pooches.
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For a bit of backstory, the Queen has been in love with the dogs ever since she and Princess Margaret were first introduced to the breed back in 1933. Soon afterwards, her father brought home the first royal family corgi, a very snooty dog named Dookie (a playful riff on “The Duke”). It’s been nonstop doggie love in the Buckingham palace since — and it’s estimated that Elizabeth has had over 30 corgis since then (not to mention a whole bunch of mixbreeds) with the last of her corgis being Willow.
We’re not saying that the Queen plays favorites, (ok, maybe we are) but perhaps her most beloved corgi was Susan. The matriarch of her entire corgi dynasty (including Willow’s great ancestor), Susan was gifted to Elizabeth on her 18th birthday and was her first true personal pet. She was so attached to Susan that she couldn’t bear being separated from her under any circumstances — she even brought the pup with her on her honeymoon with Prince Phillip! According to Lady Pamela Hicks, one of the Queen’s bridesmaids, she actually had to hide the dog beneath traveling rugs as the royal couple drove through London in an open carriage on the way to Hampshire. Awww!
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