The Queen says goodbye to her last corgi, Whisper

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Queen Elizabeth's last corgi, Whisper, has passed away, leaving her with just two dorgis - dachshund and corgi crosses - called Candy and Vulcan.

It's been a tough year for the 93-year-old monarch, who also laid to rest her dog Willow earlier this year.

Whisper was originally named Wispa, after the chocolate bar, but the Queen apparently felt the name was "a bit obscure and preferred the proper spelling", the Mail said.

But the Queen stopped breeding the dogs in 2015, because it is understood she did not want to leave any behind after she dies.

"'The fact is she worries about too many dogs around her feet and the danger she will trip up and hurt herself badly", a senior courtier told The Express.

The Queen has bred and kept welsh pembrokeshire corgis since she was 18.

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The little dogs with pointy ears, often sandy-coloured, have been a constant presence in Queen Elizabeth II´s court, following her from room to room in Buckingham Palace and featuring prominently in official photos.

As the Mail reports, Whisper had become a favourite of the Queen after she adopted the dog in 2016 following the death of its original owner, a former Sandringham gamekeeper.

"Whisper was a friendly chap and followed her everywhere".

"She couldn't resist Whisper and now she has asked Bill's family if she can keep him", a source told The Sun a year ago.

Buckingham Palace declined to comment when contacted by Sky News. The Queen was reportedly "hit hard" by Willow's death, which came just days before her 92nd birthday. Though Whisper's death marks the end of an era, it can certainly be said that the Queen's corgis lived the most lavish and well-loved of canine lives, from their homemade meals prepared by the Queen's chefs to the stockings she reportedly fills for each dog at Christmas.

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