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Willow, The Queen’s Last Corgi, Passes Away

Long live the Queen’s corgis. Just today it was announced that her last remaining corgi was put down over the weekend. Willow, who was almost 15, was put down at the age of 14 after battling cancer. This marks the first time that the monarch has not owned a corgi since the end of the Second World War.

Willow was from the 14th generation descended from Susan, a corgi gifted Princess Elizabeth, for her 18th birthday. Since then, the Queen has owned more than 30 corgis, that’s a lot of play time with corgis!

In 2015 it was announced the Queen has stopped breeding corgis because she doesn’t want to leave any behind after she passes away. She does however still have two dogs, Vulcan and Candy, who are both dorgis, a mix of dachshund and corgi.

Willow was the last surviving corgi to appear along the side the Queen in the famous 2012 London Olympic opening ceremony for the James Bond sketch. Willow, along with two other corgis, Monty and Holly greeted the secret agent as he arrived to accept a mission from the Queen.

Watch the famous sketch below.

Buckingham Palace has not released a statement on this as it is a private manner.

Rest in peace Willow.

PHOTO CREDIT: OLYMPIC/BBC

 

Written by Will Heffernan