Queen Elizabeth’s last royal corgi, Willow, has died.
Willow was nearly 15 years old. The beloved corgi was put down after its lengthy struggle with cancer, according to reports in the U.K. press.
“She has mourned every one of her corgis over the years, but she has been more upset about Willow’s death than any of them… It is probably because Willow was the last link to her parents and a pastime that goes back to her own childhood. It really does feel like the end of an era,” a Buckingham Palace source told the Daily Mail.
The passing of Willow marked the end of an era where it’s the first time again since Her Majesty hasn’t had a corgi in the household since World War II. The Queen, 91, has been hit “extremely hard” by the loss of her last corgi. Her love for Pembroke Welsh corgis is well-known, with the queen breeding them for almost eight decades.
Monty Roberts, a former royal family advisor had said to Vanity Fair that she didn’t want any more young dogs after 2012 for the reason being that she didn’t want to “leave any behind.”