After 74 Years of Keeping the Breed, Queen Elizabeth II’s Last Corgi Has Died

Queen Elizabeth has said goodbye to one of her faithful companions.

Her last corgi – which she adopted from a former staffer – has died. Whisper had been the last one of her set of famous corgis, following the death of Willow earlier this year.

The 92-year-old monarch had inherited Whisper in 2016 from Bill Fenwick, a former gamekeeper at Sandringham, who had passed away. His late wife, Nancy, used to look after the dogs when the Queen was traveling. But it has now emerged that Whisper, who was 12, has died too – around a week ago at Windsor Castle.

The Queen does still have her two dorgis – a cross between her longtime favorites corgis and dachshunds, Candy and Vulcan – who like the then-living corgis, appeared in a striking set of portraits shot for the Queen’s 90th birthday by Annie Leibiovitz.

ABERDEEN;SCOTLAND – 1974: Queen Elizabeth ll arrives at Aberdeen Airport with her corgis to start her holidays in Balmoral, Scotland in 1974. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)

The news of Whisper’s death comes from Richard Kay, who writes in the Daily Mail that the Queen had “become very attached to the dog. Whisper was a friendly chap.”

Whisper’s death follows that of Willow, the last in a line that was descended from her original corgi Susan, who died in April.

Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) with two corgi dogs at her home at 145 Piccadilly, London, July 1936. (Photo by Lisa Sheridan/Studio Lisa/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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SOURCE: PEOPLE, by SIMON PERRY