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Queen ‘saddened’ over death of her last corgi, Whisper

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The Queen is said to be deeply saddened after her last corgi, who followed her from room to room at Buckingham Palace, died last week.

Whisper, who was 12, passed away at Windsor Castle, the Daily Mail reported, after being unwell for several weeks.

The Queen agreed to take him in in 2016 after the death of his owner, former Sandringham gamekeeper Bill Fenwick.

The Queen meeting Baroness Scotland with one of her dogs at Windsor Castle
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April: The Queen meeting Baroness Scotland with one of her dogs at Windsor Castle. File pic

Mr Fenwick’s late wife Nancy was known as the “keeper of the Queen’s corgis”, and looked after them when Her Majesty was away on royal tours.

“Whisper was a friendly chap and followed her everywhere,” a source told the paper.

1941: Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret with one of their dogs
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1941: Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret with one of their dogs
1960: Baby Prince Andrew and the rest of the family at Balmoral, with a dog alongside
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1960: Baby Prince Andrew and the rest of the family at Balmoral, with a dog alongside

“The Queen has quickly become very attached to the dog.”

The loss of Whisper follows the death of another corgi, Willow, in April.

Willow’s passing hit Her Majesty “extremely hard”, it was reported at the time, partly because the 14-year-old was the last link to her first corgi, Susan.

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1969: The Queen arrives at King’s Cross railway station (L) and 1970: The Queen in London with her dogs (R)

For her 18th birthday in 1944, the then Princess Elizabeth was given Susan the corgi.

All subsequent corgis bred by the Queen have been descended from Susan.

Her Majesty still has two other dogs, Candy and Vulcan, but they are dorgis – dachshund/corgi crosses.

Whisper was originally named Wispa, after the chocolate bar, but the Queen apparently felt the name was “a bit obscure and preferred the proper spelling”, the Mail said.

1972: The Queen in her study at Balmoral
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1972: The Queen in her study at Balmoral

Her Majesty decided to stop breeding corgis five years ago – apparently for two reasons.

She worried about tripping over excitable puppies, and was concerned about who would look after them when she no longer could.

Buckingham Palace declined to comment when contacted by Sky News.

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