Queen Elizabeth II has reigned for a record-breaking 67 years so far. Even before she became Queen in 1952, the young Princess Elizabeth had a passion for animals and kept corgis from the age of 18. However, our monarch has a rather gruesome habit that has caused other members of the Royal Family to exclaim in disgust.
Royal author Ingrid Seward, in her 1995 book “Prince Edward", shares the royal anecdote.
Ms Seward writes: “The Queen has little ways which can disconcert those who are not used to them.
“[Prince Edward’s former girlfriend] Romy Adlington recalled one night watching the Queen picking ticks off her corgis and throwing them into the fire."
Ms Adlington told the author: “Each one made a spitting sound noise as it hit the flames.
Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth II (Image: Getty)
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip at home with a corgi (Image: Getty)
“In the end it got too much for Prince Charles.
“He said: ‘Oh really! Do you have to do that here?’
“The Queen carried on!”
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The Queen laid her last corgi, Willow, to rest last year.
Her Majesty reportedly said that she did not want to pass on the responsibility for corgi breeding on to someone else after her death, and so wound down her life-long practice.
The monarch now keeps two corgis – daschund corgi cross-breeds – called Vulcan and Candy.
Nevertheless, Her Majesty is inextricably linked with the Pembroke Welsh Corgi breed in the minds