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Puppy Dogs in History

A History of Queen Elizabeth II and Her Devotion to Corgis

Queen Elizabeth II, who died on Sept. 8 at the age of 96, was just a young girl when her famed interest in corgi dogs began.

The breed first stole her heart in 1933, when her father, the soon-to-be King George VI, brought home a corgi named Dookie from a local kennel. Soon after Dookie came another furry friend, Jane.

According to Vanity Fair, these first corgis kept Elizabeth and her sister Margaret company as they fled to Windsor Castle during World War II.

The Queen’s early love for the stout breed eventually led to a corgi dynasty. Atop the royal corgi family lineage sits Susan, whom the Queen received as a gift for her 18th birthday. Susan gave birth to Honey and Sugar and from there the corgi family tree expanded to include dozens of dogs that can be traced back to Susan, who even joined the Queen and Prince Philip on their honeymoon to Scotland.

 

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