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The Corgi and the Queen



Godwin Books

(Henry Holt/Macmillan)

(pub.11.22.2022) 40 pages

Ages 4-8

Author: Caroline L. Perry

Illustrator: Lydia Corry

Character: Queen Elizabeth & her Corgis


" Even a monarch needs a best friend and Queen Elizabeth II found one in a corgi pup she named Susan. From princesshood to queendom the pair forged an unbreakable bond, with Susan even participating in Elizabeth’s wedding day and joining her on honeymoon with Prince Philip. Over the course of her remarkable seventy-year reign the Queen had more than thirty corgi companions, and almost all were direct descendants of her cherished Susan."

Tantalizing taste:

World War II "was still raging when Elizabeth turned eighteen...

Papa told her she could choose any gift her heart desired...

Elizabeth asked for only one thing.

'I want a puppy of my own!' she declared.

The princess got her wish: a corgi pup she named Susan.

Elizabeth's heart swelled when she cuddled the tiny dog.

It wasn't easy for a future queen to make friends.

At last, she had her very own constant companion."

And something more: The Back Matter includes a Family Tree of Queen Elizabeth and a Family Tree of Susan with a note that "Willow, the Queen's last corgi descended from Susan, died in 2018. In 2021, Elizabeth was gifted two new corgi puppies." Her son, Prince Andrew, gave her these two puppies.


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