Queen Elizabeth has always loved them ever since, and the Jubilee celebrations wouldn’t have been complete without them: the corgis dogs come in giant puppets, colorful sculptures, small knitted figurines, tableware, cookies… and a special emoji with her small crown was unveiled by the royal family.
On Wednesday, Londoners were even able to have their picture taken at the covered market in Leadenhall with a corgi. Crown and red cape lined with ermine in the style of a monarch were provided. The dogs installed on a flowery sofa were all “pros” regularly replaced to avoid fatigue.
The success exceeded all predictions of the organizer, Katie Raby, with a long queue. “Everyone Associates This Dog With The Queen, And We Wanted To Celebrate It“She explains to AFP. »Many people have never met one“, she says of corgis, a species in danger of extinction a few years ago.
Nineteen colorful corgis statues have also been installed in central London, made by as many artists. And 20 giant puppets of these short-legged, pointy-eared dogs of the party, during the grand parade which Sunday will close the four days of celebrations for the 70 years of reign of Queen Elizabeth.
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During the rehearsals, those who handle them were invited to ask themselves the right questions. “What kind of dog?“, “mischievous?“, “young ?“, “old ?“, explained to AFP the artistic director of this painting, Kathi Leahy.
From Susan, received for her 18th birthday, to Fergus and Muick, acquired shortly before the death of her husband Philip in April 2021, Elizabeth II owned around thirty corgis, small dogs that remain inseparable from her image.
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When she made a video alongside James Bond – played by Daniel Craig – on the occasion of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, her four-legged companions were in the cast. We also saw them in the famous television series “The Crown”. Since then, their speed has continued to increase.
In 2021, 1,223 Welsh corgis were registered, according to the Kennel Club, compared to 887 in 2020.Their numbers have increased in recent years, largely due to their starring role in ‘The Crown’. But the Queen has been instrumental in bringing corgis into popular consciousness.” comments Kennel Club spokesman Bill Lambert.
“What a wonderful testament to his 70 years on the throne to see his beloved breed enjoying a resurgence in popularity“, he adds. The young Elizabeth had discovered this breed of dogs as a child, when her father King George VI had introduced Dookie into the family in 1933. It was the beginning of a long passion.
And the queen has bred several generations of corgis since Susan, with a preference for the Pembroke breed. But she also created the “dorgi”, a cross between the corgi and the dachshund. And his interest provokes the enthusiasm of his subjects.
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