For the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, a Google doodle shows off her prized corgis. How large is her canine entourage?
For the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, Google chose three things to represent Queen Elizabeth II in its doodle tribute: Her silhouette wrapped in finery, a pair of diamonds to denote the event, and, of course, corgis.
These darling dogs have become something of a symbol for the queen. In countless photographs, the tiny companions are dashing around her ankles or panting adorably. But just how many dogs does she own?
The simple answer: so many that it's hard to keep track.
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At this moment, the queen has three corgis – Monty, Willow, and Holly. There's also Cider, Candy, and Vulcan, her three dorgis (a mix between a corgi and a dachshund). The royal website claims that she was the first to breed dorgis. Other sources say the match came after an accidental union with Princess Margaret's dachshund, Pipkin.
But why limit yourself to six dogs? In May, the magazine Country Life wrote about her extensive collection of pooches in eastern England. The estate's kennel has room for 100 hunting dogs. The current count is closer to 20 dogs, mostly labradors and cocker spaniels. According to the magazine, the queen personally names all of her dogs. For example, she dubbed a recent addition "Gryffindor," after the Harry Potter series. In fact, the lab is part of a Harry Potter-themed litter.
The same estate houses more than 200 birds, including racing pigeons. (The queen is president of multiple pigeon-racing clubs.)