Queen Elizabeth II would be ‘incredibly proud’ of world coming together after death: Royal expert
Royal expert Nick Bullen discusses Queen Elizabeth II’s death and legacy during her funeral service.
A small gathering of royal enthusiasts and their corgis took place on Sunday in honor of the one-year anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s passing.
Roughly 20 British monarchists and their corgis gathered to walk in a parade outside Buckingham Palace. The late monarch famously loved the breed, owning various corgis since she was a child.
In all, Elizabeth owned around 30 corgis in her lifetime. Many of her dogs were descended from a corgi named Susan, which was gifted to her on her 18th birthday in 1942.
Adorable pictures of the parade show the corgis in different getups, including crowns and tiaras. The short-legged dogs were all photographed together with their leashes tied to gates near the palace.
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Ruffus a Cardiganshire Corgi takes part in a parade of corgi dogs outside Buckingham Palace in memory of the late Queen Elizabeth II, outside Buckingham Palace in London, Sunday, Sept. 3, 2023. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
The event’s organizer told the Associated Press that she hopes the corgi parade will take place every year.
“I can’t see a better way to remember her than through her corgis, through the breed that she loved and cherished through her life,” organizer Agatha Crerer-Gilbert explained.
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The late Queen Elizabeth II speaks with members of the Manitoba Corgi Association, during a visit to Winnipeg, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2002. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP)
“You know, I can’t still get used to the fact that she’s not physically around us, but she’s looking at us,” she added. “Look, the sun is shining, I thought it would shine on us today.”
Aleksandr Barmin, the owner of a corgi named Cinnamon, said that he saw the parade as a powerful reminder of the Queen’s passing.
Ruffus a Cardiganshire Corgi, second right, takes part in a parade of corgi dogs outside Buckingham Palace in memory of the late Queen Elizabeth II, in London, Sunday, Sept. 3, 2023. Royal fans and their pet corgis have gathered outside Buckingham Palace to remember Queen Elizabeth II a year on since the late monarch’s death. Around 20 corgi enthusiasts dressed up their pets in crowns, tiaras and royal outfits and paraded them outside the palace in central London Sunday to pay tribute to Elizabeth, a well-known lover of the dog breed. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
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“It’s a really hard feeling, to be honest … it’s really sad that we don’t have (the queen) among us anymore,” he said. “But still, Her Majesty the Queen is still in our hearts.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.