The Queen’s love of corgis has been public knowledge since she was a child, but as she neared her 90th birthday, the monarch reportedly chose not to continue breeding the dogs.
Speculation about the decision is varied, with some saying that the Queen was worried she would trip over the dogs in her old age and others believing that she simply wanted to allow the dogs to die out naturally rather than outlive her.
But some rules are made to be broken, and according to an unnamed source from The Sun, the Queen has now adopted a fourth corgi.
The dog, whose name is Whisper, is now nine years old. He came in to her care after the death of his owner, Bill Fenwick, says the shady source.
95-year-old Fenwick served as the gamekeeper at Sandringham – the Queen’s favoured country estate.
Earlier this year, reports emerged that the Queen visited the widowed gamekeeper on a weekly basis, taking on the task of walking his dogs when he became too frail.
The Queen reportedly continued walking the dogs after Fenwick’s death in January of this year – two years after his wife, Nancy.
Nancy Fenwick was known as the “Keeper of the Queen’s Corgis”, helping to tend to the dogs as part of the Queen’s breeding program.
Whisper joins the Queen’s three other dogs: a corgi named Willow and two corgi-dachshund mixes named Vulcan and Candy.
This article originally appeared on Starts At 60.
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