Queen Elizabeth II, the UK’s longest-serving monarch, died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on Thursday September 8. While the action plan after his death has been carefully drawn up, uncertainty hangs over the fate of his beloved dogs: the famous corgis.
An enduring symbol of its heritage, the corgi breed is now associated with the 70-year reign of Queen Elizabeth. She always had a love for her pet corgis, which accompanied her on holidays and official events at Buckingham Palace, her honeymoon and even featured in her official photos and portraits. Fed gourmet meals of rabbit, steak and vegetables prepared by royal chefs, the corgis were even given their own stockings at Christmas by the Queen, filled with dog toys and treats.
If the British monarchy has survived into the 21st century, it has a lot to do with how Queen Elizabeth II wore the crown. It was a way singularly free from the turbulence that surrounded the late Queen’s seven decades on the throne. The basic reason is that from her tutor at Eton who groomed her to become the symbol of her nation, she learned well the distinction that the 19th century British political scientist Walter Bagehot drew between the “dignified” and the “effective” of a British monarch. functions. Had she deviated from this distinction and allowed the crown to be caught up in a whirlwind of controversy, it is doubtful that King Charles III would so easily enter the succession.