Whisper, the last corgi belonging to Queen Elizabeth II, a dog lover, has died, leaving the 92-year-old monarch without one of her favorite and plump puppies at her side.
Reports from the British media in The Daily Mail, The Express and The Telegraph, among others, said Whisper, who was 12 years old, died Saturday at Windsor Castle, leaving the queen without her loyal corgis, the beloved race she has loved since she turned 18. years when he received a Pembroke Welsh Corgi Pup, Susan, as a gift from his father, King George VI.
But the queen is not entirely without canine companions: there are two dorgis, Vulcan and Candy, products of the corgi-dachshund mixture created when one of the companions of the queen was united with a dachshund that belonged to his sister, the princess Margaret.
Buckingham Palace did not immediately return a US email TODAY for confirmation, but the palace almost never says anything about the queen's private life, including her dogs.
Queen Elizabeth II arrives at King's Cross train station in London with four of her corgis after a holiday at Balmoral in Scotland in October 1969. (Photo: STF, AFP / Getty Images)
According to the Daily Mail columnist, Richard Kay, Whisper was adopted by the queen in 2016 after the death of its owner, Bill Fenwick, former game player at Sandringham, the royal estate of Norfolk. Kay said that Whisper's death left the queen "deeply saddened."
"Fenwick's late wife, Nancy, was known as the" guardian of the Queen's corgis "and always took care of the royal pets when Her Majesty was away on tour," Kay reported. "His offer to accept Whisper was seen as returning the favor.
"In the last two years she had become especially close to Whisper, who followed her with devotion from room to room throughout Buckingham Palace."
In April, Kay, a real mail correspondent, also gave the sad news that Willow, a descendant of the 14th generation of the queen's first dog, Susan, was killed after suffering from a cancer-related disease. That, too, left the queen disconsolate.
Visitors often met their dogs when they met Queen Elizabeth II, as in November 2002 when New Zealand rugby team All Blacks visited her at Buckingham Palace. (Photo: KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH / AFP / GETTY IMAGES)
The queen's devotion to her dogs (and horses) is one of her distinctive characteristics that people around the world recognize, and especially her long association with the distinctive corgi race.
Short, chubby, cheerful and agile, packages of them would track her everywhere in their various palaces, jumping in and out of the real Bentleys and Rolls, and being climbed by royal airplane ladders by equerries.
That image of her with dogs at her feet would go viral worldwide in 2012 during the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics in London, when she agreed to appear in a video with Daniel "James Bond" Craig: Three of his corgis, Monty, Holly and Willow, were also in the video, trotting alongside him.
Monty's performance was especially memorable: he greeted Craig when Bond handed it to the queen at his desk and then made some rolls for the camera. After 13 years, Monty died a few months later, in September 2012.
In 2015, The Telegraph reported that the queen had stopped raising corgis (she is also famous for her horse breeding skills) because she was climbing (she was 89 years old) and did not want to leave any young dog behind after she was gone.
Usually, his dogs died of disease or age, although one of them, Pharos, was killed when his daughter Dotty's bull terrier Princess Anne attacked him at Sandringham during the family's Christmas vacation in 2003.
When she could, the queen often fed her dogs and took them for a walk. It was known that his children and grandchildren were somewhat less in love with the corgis: Prince William once said in an interview that his barking was too loud.
Queen Elizabeth II is escorted by Daniel Craig (James Bond) on the left, a palace steward and one of his corgis in a parody for the opening of the London 2012 Olympic Games. (Photo: NBC)
"I do not know how she manages, but her private life with her dogs, her riding and her ride is very important for her," William said in a 2012. Documentary of the ITV. "I would only question the noise!"
Prince Harry, during an interview after announcing his engagement with Meghan Markle, noted that when they went to have tea with the queen, his dogs loved Markle instantly, while he had to endure years of suspicious barking.
"For the past 33 years, they've barked at me, this one comes in, and absolutely nothing!" He said, "just wagging their tails."
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