Princess Elizabeth introduces her new puppy to her father’s yellow Labrador, Mimsey, in London in 1936. (AP)
It is safe to say that Queen Elizabeth II is the world’s most famous corgi owner. The royal matriarch has owned more than 30 corgis over the years, and the dogs have become almost a mascot. And now, according to the Express, at the age of 88, she has had enough.
“The fact is she worries about too many dogs around her feet and the danger she will trip up and hurt herself badly,” an unidentified court individual told the Express. According to the publication, the queen declined an offer of two Norfolk terriers from her granddaughter, Princess Beatrice.
Currently, the queen owns two corgis, but has owned as many as eight at a time. “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,” the individual told the Express. “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.”
Princess Elizabeth, right, with a Pembrokeshire corgi, gets a biscuit from Princess Margaret Rose, in 1936. (AP Photo) Princess Elizabeth, left, and Princess Margaret in 1940. (AP Photo) Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh, and his bride, Princess Elizabeth, on their honeymoon in 1947. The royal couple was escorted by the princess’s pet dog, Susie. (AP Photo) Th queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, with their children Prince Charles and Princess Anne, play with the queen’s corgi Sugar in 1955. (AP) The queen and Philip with a corgi in 1959. (AP) Queen Elizabeth II with her pet corgis and members of the Royal Family in London in 1966. Behind the queen was her eldest son, Prince Charles. A railway official led her youngest son, Prince Edward, by the hand. He was followed by his brother, Prince Andrew, 6, with their aunt Princess Margaret and the queen’s daughter, Princess Anne, bringing up the rear. (AP Photo) 1969. (STF/AFP/Getty Images) 1973. (AP) 1998. (AFP PHOTO) 2012. (Arthur Edwards/WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Correction: This post originally contained an image of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. It has been removed for clarity.