For some people, animals are just like children; they have to be taken care of, loved and nurtured, and can be seen as sons and daughters in their own right.
For that reason, losing a pet can be quite hard. People get used to having them around, hearing their nails hitting the floor as they walk and their cries. On April 15, 2018, Queen Elizabeth felt that pain.
Her corgi, Willow, passed away at the age of 14 at Windsor Castle. She had a cancer-related illness and was put to sleep because the Queen didn't want her to suffer any longer, as reported by the Daily Mail.
The passing of the corgi marked the end of an era considering that Willow was the last descendant of Susan, the dog that the monarch received as a gift when she was 18 years old.
Although Queen Elizabeth mourned several corgis throughout the years, Willow was her favorite pooch. Not only that, but the dog was the last link between her and her parents.
According to the source, the Queen still has two dorgis - a mix for a corgi with a dachsund. The dogs were named Vulcan and Candy, and they spend most of their time with her.
There is also Whisper, a corgi that Queen Elizabeth agreed to adopt after the death of his owner, who was a former Sandringham gamekeeper. Although Whisper is a corgi, he has no lineage in the Royal Family.
The publication revealed that the monarch has been breeding and raising Pembroke Welsh Corgis all her life, but she gave up on the idea in 2015 because she was afraid that having younger dogs around her feet would cause her to trip and hurt herself.
The 92-year-old spent Willow's last few days feeding and playing with her, but it was too painful to watch her suffer.
The dog has been buried in the grounds of Buckingham Palace and will have a headstone with her name on it, as well as the words: 'a faithful companion of the Queen.'