The Queen’s Pets – CBS News

You saw it – 900 million other people saw it – the part of the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Olympics in which 007 is overshadowed by the Queen’s corgis at Buckingham Palace.

From the age of seven until the day she died, the Queen had Corgis

Vanity Fair editor Michael Joseph Gross is writing a book about the Queen and her Corgis. He said his very first Corgi was called Dookie.

Correspondent Martah Teichner asked, “Was there a consistent pattern of Corgi public relations, Corgi diplomacy?”

“I would call it less of a consistent pattern than a regular line,” he replied.

In 1936, when Princess Elizabeth was 10 and Princess Margaret was 6, a book was released called ‘Our Princesses and Their Dogs’, a publicity triumph intended to alleviate a public relations disaster for the Royal Family: l abdication of King Edward VIII to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson.

Gross said: “I think it’s important when we talk about dogs as advertising to never forget that at the same time that they were very consciously used as props, that doesn’t overlook the fact that it was about very real, very deep relationships.”

What did the audience see? “They could see his humanity,” he said. “They were able to see her heart without her exactly opening.”

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Princess Royal Elizabeth holding a Pembroke Welsh Corgi dog, April 1940.

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Her dog Susan was a present for her 18th birthday. Fourteen generations of Queen’s Corgis are descended from her. “Susan went with her on her honeymoon,” Gross said. “When she and Philip rode a carriage to the station to ride for their honeymoon, reporters at the time said she stole the show.”

The Queen had over 30 Pembroke Welsh Corgis in her lifetime, as well as a number of Dorgis (Corgis crossed with Dachshunds). She was known for raising her dogs through tough times, when she needed puppies to cheer her up.

His horses were having a good time.

Journalist Julian Muscat has written extensively about the Queen’s love of horses. “The horse is inextricably linked to the royal household and has been for centuries,” he said. “The Queen is generally recognized as the most learned of all British monarchs we have ever had.”

She was practically born on a horse. For decades, she marked many ceremonies on horseback. His herding and racing operation was not a passive hobby; it was a multi-million dollar business that she paid for out of her own pocket. His last winner, two days before his death, a horse named Love Affairs.

Teichner asked, “How many winners do you think she may have had?”

“Over 1,800,” Muscat replied. “You saw every time she went for a run to watch her horses race, the joy she got from that experience, and there was a thrill in seeing her enjoyment.”

A pleasure that she allows herself the show.

Muscat was there when his horse Estimate won the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot in 2013. “Everyone was going crazy,” he recalls. “It was a fantastic occasion, an unforgettable day. Everyone was thrilled.”

The queen’s face said it all – what was won, and now, what was lost.

Queen Elizabeth II with her winning horse Estimate, at Ascot Racecourse, Ascot, England on June 20, 2013..

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