News broke Tuesday of a recent passing in the royal family. Willow, the last remaining descendant of Queen Elizabeth’s first corgi, has been put to sleep at 14 years old.
Reports state that the dog had been suffering from cancer-related illness, and it was the queen’s decision to put Willow down on Sunday.
“The reign of the corgi in the House of Windsor appears to be over,” The Crown Chronicles reported April 17.
The news of Willow’s passing comes almost three years after the queen made the decision to stop breeding her corgis so that none would be left behind after she passed away.
Willow was the 14th generation descendant of Susan, the corgi that started it all when the queen was just 18 years old.
This is the first time since World War II that Queen Elizabeth will not have a corgi by her side. Of all of the corgis she’s had throughout her lifetime, Willow’s death has reportedly hit the queen the hardest.
According to a Buckingham Palace source, “It is probably because Willow was the last link to her parents and a pastime that goes back to her own childhood … It really does feel like the end of an era,” Royal Central reported.
While there are no more remaining royal corgis, the queen does still have two dachshund-corgi mixes — “dorgis” — named Vulcan and Candy.
Willow, Vulcan, and Candy all appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair with Queen Elizabeth in 2016 to celebrate her 90th birthday.
Willow was also the last living royal corgi of the three that appeared with the queen and actor Daniel Craig in a three-minute film opening the 2012 London Olympic games.
In the clip, Willow, as well as corgis Monty and Holly, greeted Craig, playing James Bond, at the palace as he came to accept a mission from the queen. Both Monty and Holly passed away shortly following the film, leaving Willow as the last corgi in the palace.
2012 Olympics – James Bond escorts Queen Elizabeth II to the Opening Cerimonies
Posted by Jeff Harman on Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Our thoughts and prayers are with Queen Elizabeth and the entire royal family during this difficult time.
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