Even after gaining approval from Prince William, Kate, and Prince Charles, Meghan Markle, as well as Prince Harry, knew that the final decision concerning their wedding plans lay in the hands of Queen Elizabeth. Without whose approval, Prince Harry’s marriage to Meghan wouldn’t have taken place.
The determining factor, in this case, were the Queen’s pets; her royal Corgis: Holly and Willow.
Okay, I might have stretched that a bit, but really, Prince Harry revealed that the first time he took Meghan to see the Queen at Buckingham Palace in September 2017, he was stunned to find out that his grandmother’s usually crabby pets had taken a liking to his girlfriend, Meghan.
According to him, “I’ve spent the last 33 years being barked at, this one walks in, absolutely nothing,” Prince Harry disclosed this at an interview on television after the couple had announced their engagement in November 2017. He said, “The dogs were just wagging their tails, and I was like, ‘Argh’.”
Meghan herself found the dogs quite adorable, in her words, “they were just laying on my feet during tea. It was very sweet.”
The fact that Meghan hit on very well with the corgis must have been part of the reason why the Queen was endeared towards Meghan. It is well known that the Pembroke Welsh Corgis is the most favorite dog breed of Her Majesty, who has had them for over 80 years.
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a cattle herding dog breed which is believed to have originated from Pembrokeshire, Wales. Corgi means “dwarf dog” in Welsh. The other breed of Welsh Corgi is called the Cardigan Welsh Corgi.
Corgis have a lifespan of about 12 – 15 years and the average weight for an adult corgi is about 13kg with an average height of less than 30cm
The corgi is one of the smallest dogs in the Cattle Herding Group. Stanley Coren in his ranking of dog’s intelligence put the Pembroke Welsh corgi at #11, referring to them as an “excellent working dog”. They are known to compete well in dog agility trials, showmanship, obedience, tracking, and herding events.
According to the American Kennel Club, Pembroke Welsh Corgis were ranked 20th most popular breed of dog in 2015.
Here are 10 fascinating facts about the Queen and her beloved corgis.
The Queen has retained over 30 corgis
The Queen has sheltered up to 30 corgis at different times. Her very first dog; Dookie (a Pembroke Welsh Corgi) was gifted to her by her father, King George VI (then Prince Albert, Duke of York), in 1933, while Elizabeth was still seven years old.
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