The Queen's Last Corgi Has Died

Queen Elizabeth's beloved corgi Whisper has reportedly died, signalling an end of a canine era.

Whisper contracted an illness a few weeks ago and died this week, The Daily Mail reports.

The Queen has been surrounded by corgis since she was a teenager. Her father, King George VI, gave her a Pembroke Corgi called Susan for her 18th birthday in 1944.

Throughout her reign, the Queen has owned more than 30 corgis -- most of which were descendants of Susan.

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But in 2016, Her Majesty adopted Whisper after its owner, a former Sandringham gamekeeper, passed away.

The pair reportedly grew very close in the last two years and sources said the Queen is "deeply saddened" by the loss, according to The Daily Mail.

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Whisper closely followed The Queen around as she undertook her royal duties. The pooch made a surprise cameo during a meeting at Windsor Castle with the Commonwealth Secretary-General Baroness Patricia Scotland a few months ago.

The last descendant of the Queen's original corgi Susan, Willow, died in April this year.

Willow made an appearance in a James Bond skit with Her Majesty and Daniel Craig for the London Olympics in 2012.

Queen Elizabeth still has two dorgis -- a corgi-dachshund cross -- named Candy and Vulcan.

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