Deepest condolences to HRH Elizabeth II on the death of her pet Corgi, apparently the last of the royal canine family. This is a reminder that in many ways, the royals are like everyone else: Loving dog owners.
For decades, the image of Queen Elizabeth II surrounded by corgis has been a beloved symbol of the British monarchy.
So a report in The Daily Mail that the queen’s last corgi, Willow, had died, naturally sent the British press (and more than a few outlets in the empire’s former colonies) into a tizzy. Buckingham Palace declined to comment or answer questions, saying the issue was a private matter.
But with much of the internet mourning the apparent end of the royal corgi lineage, now feels like a good time to explain the enduring appeal of the royal pets.