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A Timeline of Queen Elizabeth's Lifelong Love of Corgis

These pups get the royal treatment.
By Sarah Gerrity
March 11, 2021

It's no secret that Queen Elizabeth II has a penchant for corgis—the 94-year-old monarch has owned at least 30 corgis over the course of her reign! Over the decades, we've seen photos of the queen with her beloved dogs from her childhood years through adulthood, when she even began breeding her favorite breed herself. 

Queen Elizabeth is no exception when it comes to giving her pets special attention—her corgis and dorgis (a Dachshund-Corgi mix) get the royal palace treatment, with their own special areas of the palace, and of course, their own Christmas stockings when the holiday season rolls around. Just like the rest of us non-royal humans and our dogs, the monarch's pups have been some of her most loyal companions, no matter what the tabloids might throw their way. 

Below, see pictures of the queen and her canine companions through the years.

Black and white photo of Princess Elizabeth walking corgi as a young girl
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When Queen Elizabeth was just seven years old (known as Princess Elizabeth then), she brought Dookie, a Pembroke Welsh corgi, home to the palace.

Black and white photo of Princess Elizabeth and other young girl holding dogs on windowsills
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Following Dookie, the royal family welcomed Jane, another Welsh corgi. Jane was a part of the family until 1944. Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret are pictured here with Dookie and Jane at the Royal Welsh House in 1936.

Black and white photo of Princess Elizabeth holding two corgis while sitting on bench
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Young Princess Elizabeth was smitten with her corgis—she's pictured here with Dookie and Jane in July 1936.

Teenaged Queen Elizabeth sits on ledge while petting dogs with family
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Here, Princess Elizabeth is seen with her mother Queen Elizabeth, sister Princess Margaret, and father King George VI, and their family pups, Ching, Carol, and Cracker in 1940.

Black and white photo of teen princess elizabeth holding a corgi in arms
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On the monarch's 18th birthday, she was given a ginger-colored corgi puppy named Susan, who would begin a long dynasty of royal pups. All of Queen Elizabeth's dorgis and corgis since can be traced back to Susan—at least 10 generations. She's pictured here with Susan in 1944 at Windsor Castle.

Portrait oriented photo of Queen Elizabeth and Phillip, with corgi staring up at them from ground
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Susan reportedly went everywhere with Queen Elizabeth—even on her honeymoon with Prince Phillip! The royal couple is pictured here in 1959, but it is not known if the corgi shown above is Susan.

Queen Elizabeth steps off train with four corgis on leash
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Here, Queen Elizabeth is seen leaving the royal train at Liverpool Street Station in 1968 with a pack of her corgis.

Color photo of Queen Elizabeth and Corgi in garden
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Queen Elizabeth would take many of her dogs with her as she traveled, seen here with one of her corgis in the garden at Balmoral Castle in 1952.

Family photo of Queen Elizabeth and Phillip, Elizabeth is leaning down to pet corgi
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Queen Elizabeth pets a corgi during a photo session with the Royal Family in the Frogmore Gardens at Windsor Castle in 1968.

Color portrait of Queen Elizabeth and corgi on couch
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The doggos get the royal treatment—they have their own room at Buckingham Palace and enjoy meals of beef and rabbit, prepared by their own chef, according to the book Pets by Royal Appointment. The queen is pictured here with one of her dogs in 1970.

Queen Elizabeth stands in green dress on lawn surrounded by six dogs laying at her feet
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While the queen has kept a variety of corgis at any given time, it's believed that she had as many as nine at one point. She's pictured here at Sandringham with some of her beloved brood in the 1980s.

Color candid shot of queen elizabeth leading three dogs along on leash
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Any avid Royal Family fanatic probably knows at least a few of her pup's names, which can be quite entertaining. Some of the names include Ranger, Sugar, Smoky, and Holly. The queen also bred many dachshund-corgi mixes, also known as dorgis. Some of her dorgi's names included Pickles, Piper, Brandy, and Cider.

Queen Elizabeth and mother stroll down the street with an unleashed corgi
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Queen Elizabeth reportedly decided to stop breeding corgis after the death of her mother in 2002. She is pictured here with the Queen Mother in 1983. The Queen Mother also adored the short-legged dogs—and Queen Elizabeth even gifted her mother a puppy from Susan's line.

Elderly Queen Elizabeth sitting in car with dog on her lap
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Queen Elizabeth is shown here leaving Buckingham Palace for Windsor Castle in March 2020 to begin social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic. Sitting on her lap is Candy, one of her dorgis, and her last remaining dog after Vulcan, another dorgi, passed away in December 2020.

Young princess elizabeth holds corgi like a baby while another stands at her feet
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After her last remaining corgi from Susan's line passed away in 2018, Queen Elizabeth said she was done owning corgis for fear of leaving any behind after her passing. But after a tough 2020 and early 2021, the queen welcomed two new corgi puppies to keep her company in March 2021. In a full circle moment, she's pictured here with Dookie and Jane, her first two corgis, in 1936. We look forward to seeing the new pups and the happy memories they will bring!