When it comes to the royal family, we love a random fact as much as we love the next person (for example, did we all know Meghan Markle speaks Spanish? Or that Prince William once participated in a drug raid at sea?). Ready for another? Well! Because today it was brought to our attention that the Queen is basically a dog whisperer – as it is believed that Her Majesty could be responsible for inventing her very own breed of doggie.
As reported by PEOPLE, HRH, who has long been a fan of a corgi (as we all know), played a role in creating a hybrid dog breed known as the “dorgi,” a cross between a corgi and a dachshund. The latter is a breed preferred by her sister, Princess Margaret … essentially one thing led to another when one of the Queen’s puppies, Tiny, was left alone with Margaret’s Dachshund Pipkin, and thus the dorgi was born!
The mix proved so popular with the royals that they continued to breed it for decades, with Her Majesty currently owning a dorgi (Candy) along with two regular corgis.
The Queen pictured with one of her beloved dorgis in 1976
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Her Majesty has long been a fan of dogs, and it is estimated that she has owned more than thirty since ascending to the throne as Queen of the Commonwealth of Empires in 1952.
In 2007, the Queen’s royal puppy brood consisted of five corgis – Monty, Emma, Linnet, Willow, and Holly – five cocker spaniels (with the charming names Bisto, Oxo, Flash, Spick, and Span) and four dorgis named Cider, Berry, Volcano and candy.
Three of her corgis, Monty, Willow and Holly, were even starred during the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics, as part of a sketch in which Daniel Craig (in the role of James Bond) tipped over to Buckingham Palace to accompany Her Majesty Sport event.
In early March of this year, while her husband Prince Philip was uncomfortable in the hospital before his death, the Queen’s son, Prince Andrew, bought his mother two new pet corgis to keep her company during the troubled times. The dogs were named Fergus and Muick by Her Majesty in honor of their mother’s Scottish heritage, but tragically, Fergus died of a heart defect from birth in May at the age of only five months.
Her family later gave her another Corgi in June 2021, around the time of Philips’ 100th birthday.
So not only does the Queen own all of the UK’s dolphins (and a bat colony), but she’s also responsible for inventing a whole new species of animals while she’s at it!
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