When Queen Elizabeth II received her first corgi, Susan, on her 18th birthday, she was hooked. She loved the dog so much she began to breed her in the castle. Her current corgis, Holly and Willow, are the 14th descendants of Susan. However, that royal corgi line is coming to an end. The Queen made the announcement that she will no longer breed the dogs so that she will not leave any behind when she dies.
While her corgis are still of breeding age, Her Majesty has decided against it. The dogs were once so abundant in Buckingham Palace that Princess Diana once referred to them as "the moving carpet." The Queen was said to be devastated upon the recent death of Monty, which was the corgi that appeared in the James Bond sketch during the Olympic Opening Ceremony in London. This is said to be one of the influencing reasons she will no longer breed them at the palace.
Now Holly and Willow are the sole remnants of her corgi pack that was once 13 strong and will remain that last of her iconic companions. The Queen's pets have accompanied her everywhere. They have stayed in palaces and castles, travelled on private planes and in chauffeured limousines.
A typical day for the Queen's corgis begins with a brisk walk at dawn by one of the Buckingham Palace footmen. When the Queen awakes, they are at her bedside eagerly waiting to greet her before accompanying her to breakfast where they are served toast and marmalade. The rest of the dog's daily meals are cooked from scratch and the menu changes daily.
While the Queen will certainly be heartbroken when the last of her near-lifelong furry companions leave this world, she is making the responsible choice that not everyone can. Even though, it probably wouldn't be hard to find a home for a royal corgi.