Corgi owners say community has ‘lost part of our world’ with Queen’s death

The corgi community has “lost part of our world” after the queen’s death, one expert said.

Known for her love of the breed, the late monarch owned more than 30 corgis and dorgis – a corgi-dachshund cross – during her reign.

Earlier in the year, her love for the dogs was celebrated at Platinum Jubilee events, which included a gathering of 70 corgis in Balmoral and a “corgi derby” at Musselburgh Racecourse.

More than 70 corgis gathered in Balmoral (Andrew Milligan/PA) over the summer

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Kay Hogg, secretary of the Welsh Corgi League Scottish sector, said the corgi community was saddened by the Queen’s death.

She told the PA news agency: “We are very, very sad. Everywhere the queen went, there were always corgis. She grew up with corgis and everyone associated corgis with the queen.

“We feel that although there is a corgi competition and a society, we have actually lost part of our world. She did so much for the breed, had corgis by her side all her life.”

A corgi derby took place in June (Jane Barlow/PA)

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She described corgis as “little dogs with big personalities,” saying, “They’re small characters, they love to play, and they’re energetic, spirited little dogs.”

More than 70 corgis gathered on the lawn of Balmoral Castle in June as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

Organized by the Corgi Society of Scotland and the British Corgi Club, the event brought together dozens of Cardigan Welsh and Pembroke Welsh corgis.

A corgi derby also took place at Musselburgh Racecourse in East Lothian.

Some of the Queen’s corgis were pictured exiting her plane at Heathrow in 1998 (PA)

The trophy was won by Georgie, whose owner Alison Rumbles said it now feels even more special to have participated in the event.

She said: “I’m just glad we decided to do it, it was so much fun and I just hope the Queen looked at it and laughed and laughed at the folly of it all.”

Ms Rumbles, a wool fiber artist from Haddington, East Lothian, added: “It’s just so sad she’s passed away. She was greatly admired and respected, just a wonderful, wonderful woman.

The Queen and Prince Philip with one of their corgis at Sandringham in 1982 (PA)

“We probably never would have gotten a corgi without her and her love for the dogs.”

Most of the Queen’s corgis are descended from her first corgi, Susan, who was gifted to her on her 18th birthday in 1944.

The Queen took care of her own dogs as much as possible, and during the weekends she spent in Windsor, the corgis also came along and lived in her private apartments.

She fed them herself when her busy schedule allowed, and also enjoyed walking the dogs.