Queen Elizabeth’s last corgi has passed away.
The last of the 91-year-old monarch’s famous corgi pooches has reportedly died, leaving her with her two dorgis – dachshund and corgi crosses – called Candy and Vulcan.
“Whisper was a friendly chap and followed her everywhere. The Queen has quickly become very attached to the dog,” a source told the Daily Mail.
“When the dog was born it was named Wispa after the chocolate bar. The Queen thought it was a bit obscure and preferred the proper spelling.”
Whisper was gifted to the Queen two years ago, following the passing of Bill Fenwick, a former Sandringham gamekeeper, and the monarch took the pooch on as her own.
“She couldn’t resist Whisper and now she has asked Bill’s family if she can keep him,” a source told The Sun last year.
Bill’s wife Nancy died three years ago and according to reports, she used to look after the Queen’s dogs.
However taking the dog in went against everything Her Majesty said in 2016, when she revealed she was afraid to adopt any more dogs in case she tripped over them.
“The fact is she worries about too many dogs around her feet and the danger she will trip up and hurt herself badly,” a senior courtier told The Express.
“Her corgis are getting on a bit and move along at a sedate speed but a young dog would obviously be very lively and much more active.
“Her main fear is that if she fell and broke her arm or even a leg she would not be able to perform her duties for many weeks if not months, and that would upset her greatly.”
The Queen’s corgis were said to have ruled the roost in Buckingham Palace and according to the Independent, they were served fish, steak, rabbit or chicken for dinner.
Whisper’s death comes only a few months after Queen Elizabeth lost her corgi Willow, the last of the descendants of her first corgi Susan, which was gifted to her on her 18th birthday.
An insider shared at the time: “She has mourned every one of her corgis over the years, but she has been more upset about Willow’s death than any of them … It is probably because Willow was the last link to her parents and a pastime that goes back to her own childhood. It really does feel like the end of an era.”
With extra reporting by Bang Showbiz.
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