10 Facts Revealing Why Queen Elizabeth Is So Attached To Corgis
We all love our pets, but Queen Elizabeth II takes it a bit more seriously than the commoner. This is the only time the royal duties come to a complete stand-still. Monty, the Queen's corgi, was not just any dog. He was one of the Queen’s three remaining corgis, her co-star in the James Bond drama for the Olympics opening ceremony and her constant companion. His death at Balmoral threw Her Majesty into extreme mourning, and the Royal Household were all expected to pay their respects in silence.
Yes, it seems a bit overwhelming for a dog, but poor beloved Monty will never sit in the Queen's private room or have his fillet steak, or buttered scones and occasional chambermaids. That seems a bit much for a dog, but he was part of the family.
So, let's have a look into the history of why the Queen loves her Corgi's so much.
1. The Queen's Corgi name Monty was a 007 star
Gone are the days when the four-legged 007 roamed Sandringham and Balmoral on holidays. No more vandalizing of royal flowerbeds and lawns, and no more scampering down Buckingham Palace’s luxurious carpeted corridors. Not to mention, no more hearing Prince Philip cursing them.
He said: "Bloody dogs! Why do you have to have so many?" with a response from the Queen: "Because they are so collectible, my dear". We can surely understand the frustrating of having little four-legged creatures scuffling about under your feet.
In 2003, Pharos had to be put down after being savaged by an English bull terrier owned by Princess Anne. Perhaps it’s no surprise that the Queen has decided to stop replacing her beloved corgis. "She’s letting them go", Hoey says. "She hopes they’ll see her out and that will be that".
The Queen is not known for shedding a tear in public, but had a few for her beloved Monty. "The Queen will be very, very, sad. But other members of the Royal Household will probably be able to contain their grief".
2. The footman may have gotten the Corgis a little tipsy
Monty’s death has now reduced the Queen’s Corgi pack to two, Holly and Willow, plus two Dorgis, a cross between a Corgi and a Dachshund, Candy, and Vulcan. That may have been a bit of a blow after the exciting days of nine or ten Corgis, not to mention endless Dorgis.
When Princess Diana referred to them as "a moving carpet" and Paul Burrell, once the Queen's personal footman, claimed that he was knocked unconscious when nine leashed Corgis pulled him over on the steps at Sandringham. This could have been after they were a little tipsy. Obviously trying to tire them cause them to become more active.
3. The Queen is known for inventing the Dorgi breed
Like any beloved pet, Monty will not be replaced. Three years ago, overwhelmed by the loss of two more of her beloved pets to cancer, the Queen decided not to substitute her remaining Corgis by breeding, as she had done for more than 65 years. Instead, she would let her love affair come to a natural end.
She was once asked how, given the distinctive heights, Corgis and Dachshunds were able to mate. "It’s very simple. We have a little brick", was her brief reply. Whether we love them or loathe them, these Corgis and Dorgis are part of the royal life forever.
4. The Corgis have their own shiny bowels
There’s a daily walk after lunch where you'll see the Queen in her headscarf as the dogs dash through flowerbeds and rip up the gardens. Followed by dinner dished up by the Queen, if she’s free, in very shiny metal bowls.
This is not any old dinner. All the food is cooked from scratch thanks to an uproar in Balmoral a few years ago when the Queen suspected some of the food in the gleaming dog bowls had previously been frozen, and a new Corgi menu is typed and posted to the kitchen wall daily.
5. The Corgis have a special menu
Former royal chef Darren McGrady, who worked for the Queen for 11 years, said: "One day it would be chuck steak, which we boiled and served with finely chopped, boiled cabbage and white rice. The next they’d have poached chicken or liver.
Or rabbits shot by William or Harry that we’d clean, cook, debone and chop for the dogs". And don't forget their special gravy and hot scones baked daily, served with lashings of butter and crumbled onto the floor by the Queen each afternoon.
6. No one is allowed to pet the Corgis
But while she adores her Corgis and they clearly adore her, no one else in the Royal Household seems to feel the same way. As one footman said: "They’re yappy, snappy and we bloody well hate them, because for some reason the Queen will not allow them to be fully house-trained".
And they feel sorry for anyone who them. At an informal Palace lunch, a well-meaning guest was scolded with a sharp: "Leave them alone, please. They are my dogs, they don’t like other people petting them." So, now we know we can't pet her little Corgis, and besides, they may bite!
7. The Corgis are not properly house-trained
These little rascals cock their legs and do what corgis do wherever they want, on antique furniture, priceless carpets." Just imagine that! This is why the royal staff is armed with blotting paper, which is used for mopping up little accidents, and soda siphons used for squirting those yapping dogs off their ankles!
For example, special rubber-soled booties are designed by the man who invented knife-proof vests for the police, are made to protect their paws from all that smart royal gravel, and their Christmas stockings are filled with crackers, cakes, and a strictly non-squeaking toy! Oh dear!
8. The Corgis have their own palace and bedding
If you thought that was enough, they have their individual doggy palaces lined up in the corridor outside the Her Majesty’s sitting room. These are smart wooden houses, thoughtfully raised off the floor to avoid drafts and filled with soft bedding. Their bedding is done daily and part of the laundry.
When the Queen has a dress fitting in the Palace, she even carries a special magnet to pick up the pins to stop the Corgis pricking their paws. Even though she fusses a lot, she’s not afraid to get her hands dirty. She de-fleas them herself and dispenses cough mixture and homeopathic remedies, and is heavily involved in the breeding process.
9. The Queen once had over 30 Corgis
Let's start with the Queen as a young girl playing in Hyde Park with her sister Margaret and a Corgi belonging to Viscount Weymouth, who later became the Marquess of Bath. No one knew much about Corgis back then, other than when they guarded cattle and were sufficiently agile to see off wolves, but the princesses were smitten and started requesting for their own.
Dookie duly arrived as the family pet at the Yorks’ London home, 145 Piccadilly, was delighted in biting politicians, at least one left bleeding from the hand. It was only when Susan was given to Elizabeth on her 18th birthday by her father that she had her own dog. Susan became the matriarch of the royal Corgi line, and it was the beginning of a 68-year love affair.
10. The Queen is the only one who loves the Corgis
She went everywhere the Queen and Prince Philip went. Yes, everywhere... including their honeymoon and their bedchamber, nipping people's exposed ankles whenever she could. These poor victims included the royal clock winder, Leonard Hubbard, and had an inch-long gash in his leg.
The guardsman Alfred Edge, who ended up in hospital after his wound went septic. Prince Philip, who actually prefers labradors, has been fighting a losing battle against royal Corgis ever since. When Susan passed on, her legacy, and appalling behavior, lived on. Her grandson, Whisky, tore the seat from a Guards officer’s trousers. Corgis attacked
Her Majesty’s favorite German designer, Karl-Ludwig Rehse, and in 1989, Chipper, the Queen’s favorite Dorgi, was "ripped to shreds" by one of the Queen Mother’s Dorgis. What a nightmare, and that didn't end there. In 1991, the Queen needed three stitches in her hand when she tried to stop a Corgi fight at Windsor Castle. Recently, the Corgis attacked Princess Beatrice’s dog in Balmoral, and they suffered horrible injuries.
Wow, what pampered dogs! What did you think about the way the Queen takes care of her pets? Is she perhaps a little over the top? We hope you enjoyed reading this as much as we loved sharing it with you and remember to share this with your friends and family, and keep up-to-date with us for more insiders scoops on the royals and what they are up to behind those closed doors.