The long lineage of Queen Elizabeth’s famous royal Pembroke Welsh Corgis has come to an end. Willow was the 14th generation descendant of her first dog, Susan, a present from her parents when she was only an 18-years old princess.

The royal corgis were such a familiar sight surrounding the Queen everywhere she went, that Princess Diana once referred to them jokingly as “the moving carpet.”

At nearly 15 years old, Willow passed away at Windsor Castle. After suffering from cancer-related illness, the queen faced the difficult decision to put her companion to sleep. She is reportedly heartbroken.

“She has mourned every one of her corgis over the years, but she has been more upset about Willow’s death than any of them,” a Buckingham Palace source said. “It really does feel like the end of an era.”

 

Willow’s passing is the end of a long tradition spanning eight decades going back to 1944, a time when World War II was about to come to an end. The Queen enjoyed owning more than 30 royal corgis over her lifetime.

Queen Elizabeth had made the decision not to continue breeding her dogs around three years ago when her corgi named Monty passed away.

The Queen will fortunately still enjoy some canine companionship in her two “dorgis” named Vulcan and Candy. Dorgis are an adorable dachshund-corgi mix. They are seen in the picture below.

Queen Elizabeth with her dogs

The Queen appears with her corgis and dorgis.

The 91-year-old queen also owns Whisper, a corgi she adopted from an estate worker last year.

Willow and Monty appeared in a video with Daniel Craig as James Bond for a video for the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

See the video below:


Featured image: Screenshots via Twitter

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