Whispering, the last corgi the dog-loving Queen Elizabeth II died and left the 92-year-old monarch without one of her favorite, stocky, snappy pooches trotting at her side.
British media reported in The Daily Mail, The Express and The Telegraph, among other things, that Whisper, who was 12, died Saturday at Windsor Castle, depriving the queen of her loyal corgis, the lovable race had loved since her 18th birthday when she received a Pembroke Welsh Corgi puppy, Susan, as a gift from her father, King George VI.
But the queen is not entirely without dog companions: There are two dorgis, Vulcan and Candy, products from the corgi-dachshund mix that was created when one of the queen's corgels mated with a dachshund of her sister, Princess Margaret , 19659006] Buckingham Palace did not immediately return an e-mail from USA TODAY to obtain confirmation, but the palace almost never says anything about the Queen's private life, including her dogs.
Queen Elizabeth II. Comes with four of her corgis at London's King's Cross Station on a holiday in Balmoral in Scotland in October 1969. [Photo: STF, AFP / Getty Images]
According to the Calligraphic columnist Richard Kay of 19459020, Daily Mail Whisper was adopted by the Queen after the death of its owner, Bill Fenwick, a former game warden in Sandringham, the royal estate in Norfolk. Kay said the queen was "deeply distressed" by Whisper's death.
"Fenwick's late wife Nancy was known as the" Guardian of Queen Corgis "and always cared for the royal pets when Her Majesty was on the road," Kay said. "Her bid to take over Whisper was considered the return of favor.
" In the last two years she had been particularly close to Whisper, who followed her from room to room at Buckingham Palace. "
Kay, a long-time Royal Correspondent of the Mail, also broke the sad news that Willow, a second-generation descendant of the Queen's first dog, Susan, was knocked down after a cancerous illness, which also left the Queen
Visitors frequently met their dogs as they did Queen Elizabeth II in November 2002, when New Zealand's All Blacks Rugby Team visited them at Buckingham Palace [Photo: KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH / AFP / GETTY IMAGES]
The Queen's dedication to her dogs (and horses) is one of her signature traits, the humans a to recognize the world, and especially their long association with the distinctive corgi culture.
Short, plump, yappy and snappy, they grabbed them from everywhere in her various palaces, hopping into Royal Bentleys and Rolls and and
This image of her with dogs at her feet would become viral in 2012 at the opening ceremony of the London Summer Olympics in London, as she agreed in a video parody with Daniel to appear "James Bond" Craig: Three of their corgis, Monty, Holly and Willow, were also in the video and trotted by their side.
Monty's appearance was particularly memorable: he greeted Craig as Bond, handed him over to the queen at her desk, and then made a couple of belly rolls for the camera. Then, 13, Monty died a few months later in September 2012.
In 2015, The Telegraph reported that the queen had stopped breeding corgis (she is also famous for her horse breeding skills) because she understood (she was then ) 89) and did not want to leave behind any young dogs after she left.
Normally their dogs died due to illness or old age, even though one, Pharos, was killed when Princess Anne's daughter Bullterrier Dotty attacked him in Sandringham during the 2003 Christmas vacation.
When she could, the queen often fed her dogs herself and took her for walks. Their children and grandchildren were known to be a little less enthusiastic about the corgis: Prince William once said in an interview that their barking was too loud.
Queen Elizabeth II is left by Daniel Craig (James Bond), a palace butler and one of her corgis in a parody for the opening of the 2012 London Olympics [Photo: NBC]
"I do not know How she gets along with that, but her privacy with her dogs and her riding and walking is very important to her, "William said in a 2012 ITV documentation. "I would just question the noise!"
Prince Harry, during an interview following the announcement of his engagement with Meghan Markle, pointed out that her dogs, when they went to tea with the queen, immediately loved Markle, while he had to endure years of suspicious barking.
"In the last 33 years, I was barked, this one goes in and absolutely nothing!" He said. "Just wagging tails."
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