Queen Elizabeth in Garden with Dog

Queen of Corgis

Looking back at Elizabeth II's top dogs.

Queen Elizabeth II's longest love affair is not — as one might guess — with husband Prince Philip, to whom she's been married for 70 years. No, that honor goes to her loyal companion, the corgi. Not a single corgi, mind you, but a pack of pups who have been by her side since childhood. Here, a look back at the furry consorts of the princess and eventual queen.

Young Pups Lisa Sheridan/Getty Images Young Pups Seen here in 1936 at the age of 10, Princess Elizabeth hugs the royal family's first two corgis: Jane and Dookie. Elizabeth and sister Margaret first fell in love with the breed while visiting the children of the Marquess of Bath, who owned several corgis. A children's book, "Our Princesses and Their Dogs," was published later that year. Suddenly Susan Lisa Sheridan/Getty Images Suddenly Susan For her 18th birthday, the princess was gifted her very own corgi. Registered under the name "Hickathrift Pippa," Elizabeth eventually gave the puppy the much shorter sobriquet Susan. The rest of Elizabeth's corgis would descend from that original dog. Watch Dog Monty Fresco/Getty Images Watch Dog The royal corgis have earned plenty of stamps in their respective passports, as they're frequent travel companions for the queen. In fact, Susan accompanied Elizabeth and Philip on their honeymoon in 1947. One of the queen's corgis is seen here riding with the monarch to Buckingham Palace for Prince Charles' 7th birthday in 1955. A Long Line Anwar Hussein/WireImage A Long Line Susan was first bred in the late 1940s, giving birth to two pups, Honey and Sugar. And with that, a corgi-breeding dynasty was born. (It should be noted that the queen also dabbles in dorgis — a dachshund/corgi cross.) It is believed that the last of the queen's corgis were the 14th generation of Susan's descendants. Picky Prince Hulton Archive/Getty Images Picky Prince Prince Charles (seen here with younger brother Prince Edward) was gifted a pup from Susan's first litter, but he later said as a teen he didn't care much for corgis. Picture Perfect Bettmann/Bettmann Archive Picture Perfect Many of the queen's official portraits (including this one from 1970) have featured one or a number of her prized pets. Most recently, Annie Leibovitz captured the queen among four of her corgis and dorgis in a 2016 photo session for the monarch's 90th birthday. Pet Peeve Anwar Hussein/Getty Images Pet Peeve Though impeccably bred, the queen's corgis haven't been without their issues — apparently Susan had something of a reputation around Buckingham Palace. During her tenure, she variously bit a royal clock winder, a sentry, a detective, and a policeman. Even the queen once found herself on the wrong side of a pair of corgi canines, bit trying to break up a fight among several dogs. She had to get three stitches in her hand. The End of the Line Pool/Tim Graham Picture Library/Tim Graham/Getty Images The End of the Line Seventy years on, corgis have become so synonymous with the queen that as part of an opening ceremony skit for the 2012 London Olympics, Daniel Craig's James Bond was ushered into Buckingham Palace by a pair of the tail-wagging pooches. Yet, the queen has apparently halted her breeding efforts. The palace has never confirmed the rumors, but in 2015 an associate of the queen's was quoted as saying, "She didn't want to leave any young dog behind." On April 18, 2018, news broke that the queen's last remaining Corgi, Willow, had been put to sleep following a cancer-related illness. She still has two dorgis, Vulcan and Candy.