Saturday, June 2, 2012


Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her diamond jubilee this year marking 60 years on the throne. On June 2, 1952 she was crowned The Queen of seven countries.  Today she is Queen Regent of 16 sovereign states. (All photos from The Royal Collection of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.  You can see more at the official website of the British Monarchy.)

An animal lover, The Queen is devoted to all her dogs, including Labrador Retrievers, and her beloved Dorgis (Dachshund x Corgi hybrids). Above left is a 1933 photo of her sister, Princess Margaret, with the family dogs. Photo on right features the future Queen, age 5, her mother and the family Lab.

But it's the royal Pembroke Welsh Corgis we love to love the most.  
The future Queen at age 8 
With her mother Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon
Her father, King George IV was often 
photographed with the family Corgis.  
The Queen has lived with more than 30 Corgis 
throughout her life

A young Queen with four Corgis  
Corgis were often featured in press photos.  Queen Elizabeth II and  Prince Phillip with children Anne, Charles and baby Andrew at Balmoral, their elegant estate in Aberdeenshire, Scotland in 1960.

And a few years earlier
The Royal Family in the 1960s
And the 1970s

The Queen at the Royal Windsor Horse Show 
sitting with her Corgis in 1973

The Queen's Corgis always travel with her to various residences.  Here she is in 1981, arriving at Heathrow Airport with three Corgi puppies in tow.

Her Royal Majesty a few years later in 
front of Sandringham House, Norfolk, England
The Queen visiting with Lady Beaumont's Dorgi.  The dog was bred at the Royal Kennels. (On this trip, the story goes that one of The Queen's two personal footmen lost his job after getting some of the dogs drunk at a party.)
The 2006 film, The Queen, explored the royal family’s private struggle with Princess Diana’s tragic death. The royal dogs are featured prominently in several scenes.  The five corgi actors - Alice, Anna, Megan, Oliver and Poppy- won the 2007 London Film Festival Fido Award for Dogs in Movies, for their excellent and poignant portrayal of the Queen’s corgis – Emma, Willet, Holly and Willow.  

If you love Corgis AND sewing, you can find a commemorative jubilee Corgi themed quilt panel on my sister's blog:
Barbara Brackman's Material Culture

Left: Doctor Barkman's boy, Le Petite General Augie Dawgee
 b. August 4, 1997,  d. May 30, 2009


  1. What a lovely post! Thanks for taking the time to put this together. I really enjoyed it.

  2. Lovely post to read this Jubilee week-end. May be living in Arizona but still feel as English as the day I was born (in London)!

  3. What a great post showing her life-long love of dogs!