The end of an era. Queen Elizabeth II is mourning the loss of her last Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Whisper, who died at age 12 at Windsor Castle earlier this week, a source confirms to Us Weekly.
Whisper was adopted by the 92-year-old royal in 2016. The dog originally belonged to the Queen’s late gatekeeper, Bill Fenwick. Fenwick’s wife, Nancy, used to care for Elizabeth’s dogs while she was traveling on royal duties.
Though Whisper was the last of her corgis, the Queen is still a proud pet parent to two dorgis – corgi and dachshund mixes — named Candy and Vulcan. (Queen Elizabeth previously mourned the loss of her dog, Willow, in April this year.)
Queen Elizabeth has always shown her adoration for her animals. Beyond including them in photoshoots and more, the dogs have become a big topic of conversation in interviews with all of the royal family.
“The Corgis took to you straight away,” Harry teased Meghan in their first-ever joint interview in November 2017. “I’ve spent the last 33 years being barked at; this one walks in, absolutely nothing.”
“That’s true,” the former Suits actress — who is expecting her first child with Harry — responded. “Just laying on my feet during tea, it was very sweet.”
As for Meghan’s own pup, the Queen has seemingly taken a liking to them as well. Elizabeth was spotted riding to Windsor Castle alongside the Duchess’ beagle just one day before the royal wedding in May. Prior to the news that the the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expanding their brood, the couple added a sweet Labrador to their family in October.
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