The Queen’s last remaining corgi has died

Her Majesty is said to be saddened by the loss of her beloved companion Willow

The Queen at Balmoral with two of her pet dogs. Image: Getty

The Queen is understood to have been “hit extremely hard” by the loss of her last remaining corgi Willow, who died on Sunday at the age of 15 after suffering from cancer.

Descended from Her Majesty’s first dog Susan, who was given as a gift to the then Princess Elizabeth to mark her 18th birthday, the 14th-generation corgi had been a faithful companion to the Queen for the past 15 years.

July 1936: Princess Elizabeth sitting on a garden seat with two corgi dogs at her home on 145 Piccadilly, London. Image: Getty

As well as featuring in a family portrait of the Queen and her grandchildren taken on the steps of Windsor Castle on her 90th birthday, Willow is famous for having starred alongside two more of Her Majesty’s dogs, Monty and Holly, in an action sequence choreographed for the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony. Appearing with the Queen, Willow rushed to greet the actor Daniel Craig in his role as James Bond before he flew off dramatically in a helicopter.  

Queen Elizabeth II at Sandringham with her corgis. Image: Getty

Although the Queen adopted a corgi, Whisper, in 2017 after the death of his owner, a gamekeeper at Sandringham, Willow was the only surviving relative descended from the original family of Royal dogs. The Queen has owned more than 30 corgis during her lifetime, in addition to a number of black Labradors, dorgis and cocker spaniels. 

The Queen with a corgi at Sandringham

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