There is no shortage of iconic imagery associated with the Queen Elizabeth II of England. The little royal wave that she does when crowds gather to get a look. Or, if you happen to live in the UK or Canada, her visage on the currency. But there is perhaps no image that is as indelibly linked to the Monarch as one of her and the beloved royal Corgis.
Unfortunately, she has reached an age where she can no longer take them for walks. Recently, she had to cancel an event on Commonwealth Day because of mobility issues, and this news came soon after. This also comes in the wake of a bout of Covid. This is all the more tragic when considering how much love she had for her dogs.
The last of her line – when this angel went to heaven in 2018, she was the latest from the family, first started in the 1940s. sixtyandme.com
Of all the photos ever taken of the Queen – and there is almost a century’s worth – it feels like there are more photos of her and her pooches than of her with any other individual (Prince Philip included).
This is not just a PR stunt meant to convey the sovereign as a sympathetic figure. She is disposed toward caring for animals and such. No, the Queen’s corgis have always been a massive part of her life. Her first corgi came into her life as a present for her 18th birthday nearly eighty years ago. And fourteen generations of corgis from the same line have been with her ever since. Royal indeed!
The Queen has said that they are better behaved than some of the humans she knows, as any pet owner can attest. During the pandemic, they are said to have been invaluable in keeping the Queen healthy and sane, as any pet owner can attest.
But age is the great equalizer concerning all things, especially pets. There comes a time when we all get a little too old to take our pups for regular walks or care for them. Most of the time, the pet also ages concurrently with the owner in those situations.
While the Queen of England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland may have people on hand to take care of her precious pups, not everyone else has that kind of luxury.
Let us also take a moment to appreciate the Queen of England.
We recently covered the story of Bobo, one of the oldest dogs alive. And Bobo happens to live in an assisted living facility for dogs. Let’s take a step back and bask in how fantastic it is that such a thing exists.
So, if you or a loved one are aging and experiencing issues taking care of your animals, please look into one of these facilities. There are also facilities for humans that are pet friendly. This is one of the greatest gifts you can give a pet after they’ve given so much to you.
And let us also take a moment to appreciate Queen Elizabeth, who may have been royalty among humans. But lived (and is still living) a life being a servant and friend to dogs.