Queen Elizabeth Mourns the Death of Her Last Royal Corgi

Willow played a role in welcoming the Meghan Markle into the family

It's the end of an era. The last of Queen Elizabeth II's corgis has died.

Willow, nearly 15 years-old, has passed on into royal family history. The corgi famously appeared in the instantly iconic video of the Queen and Daniel Craig as James Bond parachuting into the Olympic Stadium in London for the opening of the 2012 Games. She also appeared with the Queen on the cover of Vanity Fair.

The dog was a 14th generation descendant of Susan, the Queen's first corgi given to her by her father, King George VI, on her eighteenth birthday.

Palace insiders report that Willow was put to sleep at Windsor Castle on Sunday due to a cancer-related illness. "The Queen did not want the dog to suffer," said the source. "She is deeply saddened by the loss."

Willow also played a role in welcoming Meghan Markle into the family. Instead of barking and nipping at the new visitor as she did with most people including Prince Harry, the dog curled up at Meghan's feet when she met the Queen for the first time for tea at Buckingham Palace last year. "It was very sweet," said Meghan at the time.

And for more on the Queen's corgis, check out the 15 Fascinating Facts About the Royal Corgis.

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