The last great Queen and the love for animals

HM Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom has always been a great lover of nature and animals

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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The last great Queen and the love for animals

HM Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom has always been a great lover of nature and animals. In addition to her passion for horses, Queen Elizabeth II has always had a great love for dogs. In particular for the Royal corgis breed.

Royal corgis have always been by her side, even on her travels. Over her lifetime Elizabeth II has bred over 30 dogs. A very painful anecdote involved a small corgi puppy who died prematurely in May 2021. In his book, royal biographer Brian Hoey wrote that the Duke of Edinburgh detested corgis because they were too free to do as they pleased.

This, however, hasn't stopped the queen from breeding dogs for over five decades.

The last great Queen and the love for animals

At the time of her disappearance, the Queen had two dogs, the 10-year-old dorgi Candy and a puppy born after one of Elizabeth's corgi mated with another dog, the dachshund Pipkin, this one of hers from her sister.

Princess Margaret. Susan was the Queen's first ever corgi, a gift for her 18th birthday in 1944. Elizabeth sneaked the animal with her during her honeymoon with Prince Philip in 1947. Elizabeth II has always been a ruler in love with horses, so much so that she has always tried to have someone close and ride him.

She still has about 25 horses in training of the Windsor Gray breed, bred by the royal family since the 19th century, and Cleveland Bay breed. For her 96th birthday, Queen Elizabeth of England chose to be photographed with Bybeck Nightingale and Bybeck Katie, two of her beloved ponies.

Her passion for horses since she was little is known, as well as that for dogs and white ponies that she always keeps close to her. HM Queen Elizabeth died at 96 year-old in the Scottish residence of Balmoral, her conditions had worsened in the past few hours.

The official announcement came with a note from Buckingham Palace: "Her Majesty died peacefully this afternoon. The King and Queen consort will stay at Balmoral tonight and return to London tomorrow." The Rapusia staff joins the collective grief for what was arguably the greatest Queen of all time.