Queen Elizabeth's last corgi dies, marking the end of a canine dynasty

The last living royal corgi, 14-year-old Willow, was reportedly put to sleep over the weekend after a long battle with cancer.

Willow was a famous pooch with an equally important lineage, although she never found social media stardom.

The Queen, pictured in 1973 sitting on a grassy bank with her corgis, at Virginia Water.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has lost the last descendant of her original corgi after 14-year-old Willow was put down at Windsor Castle on Sunday following a battle with cancer, according to United Kingdom media reports.

The canine, named Willow, was the last descendant of a lineage of corgis owned by the 91-year-old Queen.

The end of an era. Queen Elizabeth also past year adopted another corgi, Whisper, from an estate worker at Sandringham.

The corgis are survived by the Queen's two dachshund-corgi crosses Vulcan and Candy.

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Still, the death of Willow is impactful.

Including the 2012 appearance of Monty, Willow and Holly alongside The Queen and James Bond for the iconic opening ceremony of the London Olympics.

It should be noted, though, that the Queen-who at one point allegedly had more than a dozen corgis-does still have several dogs remaining: she is the owner of two "dorgis" (corgi-dachshund mixes) named Vulcan and Candy, and also a corgi named Whisper she agreed to adopt past year (after his owner, a "former Sandringham gamekeeper", passed away).

In 2015, it emerged that she had stopped breeding Pembroke Welsh corgis over fears she might trip over them and hurt herself.

Still, this doesn't make Willow's death any easier for the Queen or her dog-loving fans. "She didn't want to leave any young dog behind".

The Daily Mail reports that the animal was suffering from cancer and it was made a decision to euthanize.

For more than 70 years, the monarch had rarely gone far without a passel of the dogs at her heels.

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