The Queen loses one of her beloved corgis

One of the Queen’s cherished corgis, Holly has died.

Sad news out of the palace as news comes one of the Queen’s cherished corgis, Holly has died. She was 13.

Holly was reportedly suffering from illness due to old age and was put down at Balmoral last week.

Her Majesty’s furry companion became a national treasure after she was one of the dogs to star in the 2012 James Bond London Olympics sketch. She was also amoung the pets included for the Queen’s 90th birthday portraits in 2016, taken by Annie Leibovitz.

The monarch now has just one corgi left – Willow, who is also 13, – along with two dachshund crosses, Vulcan and Candy.

Corgis have been the Queen’s preferred breed of dog since she was a child after her parents acquired a Pembroke Welsh corgi named Dookie.

See some wonderful photos of the Queen with her dogs over the years…

Photo: Annie Leibovitz.

PHOTO: Annie Leibovitz.

March,1953: Queen Elizabeth II in the garden with her dog.

The Queen Mother (1900 – 2002) celebrates her 83rd birthday in London, 4th August 1983. She is accompanied by the Queen, Princess Margaret, Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales.

Queen Elizabeth II relaxes at Sandringham with her corgis , circa 1970s.

The Queen boards a train with her dogs in 1949.

Queen Elizabeth II smiles radiantly during a picture-taking session in the salon at Sandringham House, circa 1970s.

June 1936: Queen Elizabeth II (as Princess Elizabeth) and her younger sister Princess Margaret (1930 – 2002) sitting on the grass in the grounds of the Royal Lodge, Windsor, stroking a corgi.

July 1936: Princess Elizabeth sitting on a garden seat with two corgi dogs at her home.

October 1972: Queen Elizabeth II sitting in her study at Balmoral Castle with a corgi at her feet.

The Queen and Queen Mother walking the corgis outside Clarence House.

A young Princess Elizabeth holding a corgi dog.

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