The Last Of The Royal Corgis
DAVID GREENE, HOST:
And we are reporting on this news this morning - the end of a royal line at Buckingham Palace. Queen Elizabeth's last pet corgi, Willow, has reportedly passed away from cancer at the age of 14.
STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:
If you think this is a minor story, ask a pet owner. A palace source tells The Daily Mail the queen is devastated.
GREENE: And she has special reason to be because she has spent her entire reign with a royal line of corgis. And Willow was the last, the last of 15 generations of corgis descended from a dog which then-Princess Elizabeth received when she was 18. Her dogs were a trademark. They were featured in the Netflix series "The Crown."
(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "THE CROWN")
UNIDENTIFIED ACTRESS: (As character) Oh, here they come, the dogs (laughter).
INSKEEP: And those who join the royal family have always had to meet the dogs. Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle told the BBC about her first encounter with them.
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PRINCE HARRY: And the corgis took to you straight away. I've spent the last 33 years being barked at. This one walks in, absolutely nothing.
MEGHAN MARKLE: Just laying on my feet during tea. It was very sweet.
PRINCE HARRY: Just wagging tails. And I was just like, ugh (ph).
GREENE: Tails, yes, there are multiple royal dogs.
INSKEEP: Queen Elizabeth still has Vulcan and Candy, who are dorgies - combination dachshund and corgi. The dog is dead. Long live the dogs.
(SOUNDBITE OF THE BAND OF THE CORPS OF ROYAL ENGINEERS' "RULE BRITANNIA")
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