The Queen is often spotted with one of her beloved Corgi’s walking by her side but for the first time she will be walking without her purebred pets following the passing of her last Corgi, Whisper.
Queen Elizabeth is reportedly “deeply saddened” by the death of her pet pup, who was 12-years-old.
This comes after another of the monarch’s Corgi’s, named Willow, died back in April. Willow was the last dog descended from Elizabeth II’s first pet Corgi, Susan, that she received as gift in 1944 for her 18th birthday.
Whisper on the other hand was an adopted dog from outside the family line, having been previously owned by Bill Fenwick, a former gamekeeper at the Queen’s country retreat of Sandringham in Norfolk.
According to the Daily Mail, Mr Fenwick’s late wife Nancy looked after the royal pets when Her Majesty was away on tour and was known as the “Keeper of the Queen’s corgis”.
Queen Elizabeth took ownership of Whisper in 2016 when Mr Fenwick died, and it’s reported that the pair quickly became inseparable.
“Whisper was a friendly chap and followed her everywhere,” said a source. “The Queen quickly became very attached to the dog. The death of any of her corgis has always hit her hard and Whisper’s was no different.”
Whisper reportedly became increasingly ill in recent times and the decision was made last week to put him down at Windsor Castle.
He is survived by two pet dorgis, dachshund and corgi crosses, named Candy and Vulcan.