The Queen's Final Corgis?

With the news that Her Majesty has ended her corgi breeding programme, it seems her beloved pets Holly and Willow - the only two remaining of her once 13-strong pack - could be the last in a lifetime of iconic companions for the Queen.

They were once so abundant in the Royal household that Princess Diana jokingly referred to them as 'the moving carpet'.

The 12-year-old pair are the 14th generation descendants of Susan, a corgi given to the Queen on her 18th birthday in 1944. Just like their long-dead matriarch, Her Majesty's pets accompany her everywhere, staying in palaces and castles, travelling in chauffeur-driven limousines, by private plane or helicopter and are carried down aircraft steps by aides.

After a 70 year love affair, the Queen has stopped breeding Pembroke Welsh Corgis, and no longer replaces the pets as they die, as she doesn't want to leave any behind when she passes away. The fact is she worries about too many dogs around her feet and the danger she will trip up and hurt herself badly. If she fell and broke her arm or even a leg she would not be able to perform her duties for many weeks if not months, and that would upset her greatly.

The two corgis Holly and Willow - and the dorgis (corgi /dachshund mix) Candy and Vulcan - are getting on a bit and move along at a sedate speed but a young dog would obviously be very lively and much more active.

Source: Mail Online 15.07.2015