The Queen's beloved "dorgi" passed away a few weeks ago at Windsor Castle, where she and husband Prince Philip had been residing amid the second national lockdown. Vulcan is said to have been buried at the monarch's Berkshire castle.
The 94-year-old's companion, a dachshund-corgi cross, had been by the Queen's side since 2007, making him at least 13 years old. Her Majesty is left with one other dog, Candy, who was featured with Vulcan on the cover of Vanity Fair in 2018.
While the Queen is not new to the loss of a fury friend — as she has owned more than 30 corgis throughout her life — "clearly the loss of a loved pet is upsetting," a palace source told The Sun.
The news of Her Majesty's loss comes days after the death of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's family dog, who was gifted to the duo from Kate's brother, James, as a wedding present. "Very sadly last weekend our dear dog, Lupo, passed away," the royal couple wrote in a statement. "He has been at the heart of our family for the past nine years and we will miss him so much."
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Many of the Queen's corgis descended from her first dog, Susan, who was gifted to her on her 18th birthday.
Her last two corgis from that breed died within months of each other in 2018.
The first remaining pup, Willow, was put down after being found with a cancer-like illness; the second, Whisper, died six months later.
The Queen's great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, created a burial site with tombstones for their royal dogs in the Sandringham estate.
The plot was first created in 1887 after Queen Victoria's Collie, Noble, died.
Prince Harry and Prince William's grandmother decided to stop breeding Pembroke Welsh corgis in 2015, because she did not want her pups to outlive her and remain alone after she passed away.