Farewell to Vulcan, one of Queen Elizabeth's beloved dogs. Now only Candy remained to keep her company: Christmas in solitude for the Sovereign
Queen Elizabeth had to say goodbye to her beloved Vulcan, one of the last two Corgi to live with her in the Palace. A sad Christmas therefore for the Sovereign who has always adored her dogs and has lived surrounded by them since she was a girl. Now only Candy remained to keep her company.
Vulcan was a cross between a Dachshund and a Corgi and according to sources close to the Palace he died a few weeks ago at Windsor Castle where Elizabeth (looking for a new assistant) and her husband Philip are located since they left London due to the pandemic . Neither the age nor the causes of the death of His Majesty's faithful companion are known.
Certainly, however, the disappearance of Vulcan has added great bitterness and sadness in this difficult moment also for Elizabeth. Among other things, Diana's astrologer has predicted for 2021 health problems, not serious, and even a fall from a horse for the Sovereign. The loss of Vulcan was therefore a severe blow to the Queen who is now left with only a small dog, Candy.
Vulcan had been keeping His Majesty company since at least 2007, so he was at least 13 years old, a nice age for the breed, dog experts say. His death arrives at the gates of a decidedly unusual, if not solitary, Christmas for Elisabetta who after 33 years breaks tradition. In fact, since 1987 Her Majesty has been inviting senior members of the Royal Family to her Sandringham estate for Christmas lunch. But this year it will remain at Windsor Castle, properly decorated for the holidays (see the video above). But the family lunch has been canceled, as there will be no pre-Christmas reunion at Buckingham Palace.
A source close to the Palace told the Daily Mail: "Her Majesty loves her dogs and it is always a blow when one leaves, but this time even more." The Queen's dogs are now a symbol. His last purebred Corgi, Willow, was euthanized in 2018 because he was suffering from a tumor. It was the first time since World War II that the Sovereign no longer had Corgi on her estate.
Willow was the fourteenth generation, descended from Susan, a Corgi given to then Princess Elizabeth on her 18th birthday in 1944. She owned more than 30 during her reign. Instead, Vulcan and Candy come from a lineage of Dorgis, introduced into the Royal Family when Princess Margaret's Dachshund, Pipkin, was mated with one of the Queen's dogs.
Willow had the honor of appearing on the cover of Vanity Fair with the Queen in 2016, made for Her Majesty's 90th birthday.
Elisabetta has always looked after her dogs as much as possible personally, who live in her private apartments in Windsor and Buckingham Palace. And travel with her on the Private Jet when she travels to Sandringham or her estate in Scotland. As soon as he can, he personally takes care of feeding them, the food is brought by an attendant on a tray and the Queen mixes it with a fork or a spoon, before giving it to her dogs.
The Duke of York confessed that her mother's love for dogs has helped her keep fit during her old age: "She is simply fantastic at her age and walks a lot, dogs keep her active," said Prince Andrew.
In 2015, however, the Queen decided to stop breeding dogs, because she didn't want them to survive her. It also seems that he didn't want to have too many dogs for fear of tripping over them.
Certainly, Elisabetta passed on her passion for dogs to her children and grandchildren. William and Kate Middleton and Harry and Meghan Markle have always had four-legged friends. Moreover, the news of Vulcan's death comes a few weeks after the Dukes of Cambridge lost their Wolf.