Queen Elizabeth II’s death will make headlines in the coming weeks – but some of them will contain misinformation. Just hours after the monarch’s death, a headline meant as a joke claimed that the queen’s beloved corgis would be buried alive with her. This tweet received thousands of likes and retweets, causing confusion while losing the joke. The truth is – no, Queen Elizabeth II is not buried with her dogs.
Why was Queen Elizabeth so obsessed with corgis?
The late Queen was known for her obsession with corgis, and the dog breed became synonymous with the monarch during her seven decades on the throne. According to Vanity Fair, the dogs have been part of the royal family since the days of Queen Victoria. But Queen Elizabeth’s bond with the race was something special.
That connection began long before she met and married Prince Philip — and long before she knew she was going to be queen. At the age of seven in 1933, then-Princess Elizabeth specifically asked for a Pembroke Welsh Corgi after meeting her friend’s pet.
Insiders have claimed that she loved this particular breed for her energy and spirit. And her father, a dog lover, King George VI, was able to find a breeder, although the lively dogs are quite rare in England. Back then, Corgis were mainly bred in Wales. She named her pup Dookie, and he was the first in a long line of royal corgis that would follow.
Queen Elizabeth loved corgis so much that she and her sister – Princess Margaret – created their own hybrid breed called “Dorgi” in the 1970s. It was a cross between a corgi and a dachshund. In total, the queen owned more than 30 corgis and dorgis during her lifetime.
No, Her Majesty will not be buried with her beloved corgis
On her 18th birthday, Her Majesty received a Pembroke Welsh Corgi puppy named Susan who would be by her side at her coronation and wedding. Susan bred Lucky Strike from a dog named Rozavel, and their offspring started the royal Corgi dynasty.
The majority of the Corgi dogs in the royal family were descendants of Susan, with 14 generations living with the Queen. Her last descendant, named Willow, died in 2015 when the Queen stopped breeding the dogs at age 90.
When she died, Queen Elizabeth left four dogs – two corgis named Muick and Sandy, a dorgi named Candy and a cocker spaniel named Lissy. In spite of a tweet out reducer claiming that they would all be “buried alive” with her — which was a cheap hoax that led to memes and conspiracy theories on social media — that’s not going to happen.
Queen Elizabeth’s will determines what happens to the dogs
The palace is yet to reveal the plan for the dogs after Her Majesty has passed away. But there is speculation that they will go to the Queen’s children.
“I assume the dogs would be looked after by the family, probably Andrew [as] he gave them to her, they’re quite young, the corgi and the dorgi,” royal expert Ingrid Seward told Newsweek.
According to TMZ, the fate of the Queen’s four dogs will ultimately be found in her will. However, the contents of this document will likely be sealed for decades.
When her husband died in spring 2021, an English judge announced that the Duke of Edinburgh’s will would be sealed for 90 years. The same will likely happen with Her Majesty’s last will and testament.
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https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/no-queen-elizabeth-ii-will-not-buried-corgis-what-will-really-happen-beloved-dogs.html/ No, Queen Elizabeth II isn’t going to be buried with her corgis – her beloved dogs really will