The last of the Queen’s beloved corgis, 14-year-old Willow, was put down on Sunday. Willow had been suffering from a cancer-related illness prior to the euthanization.
Queen Elizabeth has long been known for her love of corgis, beginning when she was a little girl.
“She does not like seeing her dogs suffer, and she knows that sometimes putting a dog down is the kindest course of action,” said a source with the royal family. “Although that doesn’t make her loss any less.”
“One comforting fact was that Prince Philip, recuperating from his hip replacement operation, was able to be with her at Windsor,” the source said.
“Willow represents a significant thread running through The Queen’s life from her teenage years to her 90s. For many, many years she bred and raised corgis and to think that the last one has now gone is something of a milestone,” the source continued.
Willow was the 14th generation descendant from Susan, her first corgi. The Queen received Susan as an 18th birthday present from her parents. George VI, the Duke of York, had brought a corgi named Dookie to their family in 1933, when Elizabeth was 7 years old.
The Queen decided to stop breeding her corgis in 2015 so that none were left behind after she passes away.
Her Majesty still has two dogs remaining, Vulcan and Candy, who are dachshund/corgi mixes.
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