Corgis: The royal family in danger of dying out

Buckingham Palace won’t confirm the demise of its canine dynasty, but according to the Sunday Express the Queen is not replacing the animals as they die.

She has two corgis named Holly and Willow and is thought to have owned more than 30 during her 63 year reign.

At one time Her Majesty owned nine corgis simultaneously.

Dogs’ dynasty

Corgis were introduced to the royal family in 1933 by the Queen’s dad, when he bought one at a local kennels.

For the then Princess Elizabeth’s 18th birthday in 1944, King George VI bought his eldest daughter a corgi named Susan.

During Susan’s reign as leader of the pack, she sunk her teeth into a policeman, a sentry, a detective and the royal clock watcher.

When Susan died, she was buried at Sandringham where a royal dog cemetery for other royal dogs now rest in peace.

Ten generations of Susan’s canine relatives have ruled the four-legged throne at Buckingham Palace over the past 70 years – they even make it into official pictures.

Royal etiquette says you should never walk in front of the Queen, always be at least one step behind.

It’s something her husband, Prince Philip, has had to endure for their 67 year marriage.

The corgis take no notice of that though – they lead Her Majesty, not the other way around.

Holly and Willow even made a cameo in the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics.

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