Heartwarming moment Queen Elizabeth II tries to remember all her beloved corgis’ names as she introduces them in a resurfaced clip from 2006
- This is the heartwarming moment the Queen introduced her Corgis in 2006
- The late monarch was filmed at her Norfolk estate alongside her adorable pets
- Dressed in a coat and floral headscarf, the Queen tried to remember their names
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This is the heartwarming moment Queen Elizabeth II introduced her beloved Corgis when at Sandringham House in a resurfaced clip from 2006.
The late monarch, who died aged 96 on Thursday at Balmoral, was filmed at her Norfolk estate alongside her adorable pets – which included Corgis and Dorgis (a cross between a Dachshund and a Welsh Corgi).
Dressed in a green country coat and a floral headscarf, the Queen tries to remember all the names of her animals while feeding them treats in the footage.
Throughout her historic reign that spanned decades, one constant in the Queen’s life was always her unwavering love for her Corgis, so much so the pets have become a symbol of British royalty around the world.
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This is the heartwarming moment Queen Elizabeth II introduced her beloved Corgis when at Sandringham House in a resurfaced clip from 2006
The late monarch, who died aged 96 on Thursday at Balmoral, was filmed at her Norfolk estate alongside her adorable pets – which included Corgis and Dorgis (a cross between a Dachshund and a Welsh Corgi)
In the clip, the Queen points to her various boisterous dogs and says: ‘Linnet, no that’s Emma. That’s mother, daughter, Linnet. Linnet’s daughters. Brother, Linnet’s other children, and those are two different dorgis.’
She continues to name ‘Monty. Willow, and Holly and Vulcan and Candy, the smallest.’
‘This is all the same family,’ she explains, before pointing to one of the pets and adding: ‘I had her mother, my Mama had her mother, and then we only had dogs, so I brought this one back.
‘So there’s her, and her father turned out to be a black Corgi and we’d never had a black Corgi before so I’ve got two of those.’
The Queen’s love of Corgis stretched back to her childhood, when her father King George VI bought Princess Elizabeth and her younger sister Princess Margaret a Pembrokeshire Welsh Corgi when she was seven. Pictured aged ten with two Corgis
Her Majesty’s lifelong commitment to her beloved pets helped her show a more candid side to the world, even writing ‘wickedly funny’ letters from her Corgis to Jack Russells belonging to her former equerry Sir Blair Stewart-Wilson. Pictured in Sandringham with one of the pets
Throughout a reign that spanned decades, one constant in the Queen’s life has always been her unwavering love for her Corgis (pictured with one of her Corgis in Balmoral in 1952)
The Queen’s lifelong commitment to her beloved pets helped her show a softer side to the world, even writing ‘wickedly funny’ letters from her Corgis to Jack Russells belonging to her former equerry Sir Blair Stewart-Wilson.
Her Majesty’s love of Corgis stretched back to her childhood, when her father King George VI bought a seven-year-old Princess Elizabeth and her younger sister Princess Margaret a Pembrokeshire Welsh Corgi.
King George brought one named Dookie home for her and Princess Margaret, after they played and fell in love with Viscount Weymouth’s own Corgi.
The King and Queen Mother tried to breed Dookie, and a few years later he had two puppies with another mate, who were named Crackers and Carol.
Well-wishers have always brought their pet Corgis to greet the Queen during her walkabouts. Pictured during a visit to Sherborne Abbey on May 1, 2012
The monarch walking her four Corgis in King’s Cross in October 1969 upon returning to London from Balmoral
Susan arrived in 1944 for the Queen’s 18th birthday, and they quickly became inseparable; the Queen loved Susan so much that she joined the monarch and Prince Philip on honeymoon in 1947.
When the Queen gave birth to Prince Charles, newspaper columns were said to be full of advice on how she could prevent Susan from becoming jealous of the infant prince.
The Queen’s love of the breed quickly became one of the things she was most known for around the world.
Her Majesty owned more than 30 dogs throughout the years. Her latest, which were acquired in 2021, are believed to have been gifts.
The Queen loved her Corgis so much, they have become a symbol of British royalty. Pictured in 1960 in Windsor with a Corgi and two Dorgis
Throughout her reign, the Queen was photographed with her beloved Corgis and Dorgis on numerous occasions and it is believed she has owned as much as 30 of them throughout her life (pictured with her pets at the Windsor Horse Trials)
The Queen’s beloved dogs were never too far from her and the late Prince Philip. Pictured: The couple relaxing with one of their Dorgis in 1974 at Balmoral
Prince Edward, left, Prince Charles and Prince Andrew with the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh in 1979, surrounded by the royal Corgis and Dorgis
Throughout her reign, she was photographed with the animals wherever she went.
The faithful pets would come with her on her royal tours, with royal aides attending to their every need and carrying them in and out of aeroplanes.
Her love of Corgis was so well known even the Royal Collection began to sell Corgi shaped Christmas ornaments, acknowledging her fondness for the breed.
Queen Elizabeth II also owned several Dorgis throughout her life, which are a cross between a Dachshund and a Corgi.
Her beloved pet Vulcan, who died in 2020, was a Dorgi. In March 2021, she was gifted two new Corgis, however, one of the pups named Fergus died months later in May, which left the monarch distraught.
In June, she got a new Dorgi pup to cheer her up, which was gifted to her by Prince Andrew and his two daughters, Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice.
Queen Elizabeth II being greeted by local corgi enthusiasts in Edmonton as she departs the Legislature Building during a tour of Canada in 2005
One of the final photographs released of the Queen, which saw her celebrating her Jubilee in February, showcased her ongoing love for her dogs
The monarch’s beloved Corgis lived a life of luxury that few pets can pretend knowing. When at Buckingham Palace, the dogs slept in raised wicker baskets in a special boot room near the royal apartments, where they wandered freely.
Royal biographer Brian Hoey claimed in 2013 that the dogs ate at 5pm sharp every day at Buckingham Palace, in his book Pets by Royal Appointment.
In 2018, Richard Kay revealed that each of the Queen’s Corgis were buried on her royal estate. The actual burial was performed by Her Majesty’s head gardener, while she oversaw the sad moment.
Each of her beloved pups also received a headstone to commemorate their life as a loyal royal companion.
‘On it are engraved the dog’s dates of birth and death along with the moving epitaph: ‘For almost 15 years the faithful companion of the Queen,’ Kay said.
He added that the pups were all buried on the estate where they died, and their final resting places were quiet spots that were special to the Queen.
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