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Corgis for the Queen
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Posted: September 05, 2023
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    These corgi dogs paraded outside Buckingham Palace in London, England, on September 3, 2023. (AP/Alastair Grant)
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    A corgi named Ruffus takes part in the corgi parade. (AP/Alastair Grant)
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    Queen Elizabeth II speaks with members of the Manitoba Corgi Association in Winnipeg, Canada, in 2002. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP)
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Tourists in London got a treat this weekend. A parade of corgis marched by! The little dogs wore crowns, tiaras, and royal outfits.

Why the procession of pups? It was a memorial to Queen Elizabeth II. The queen died about a year ago on September 8, 2022. She was 96 and served as queen for 70 years. No ruler in Britain’s history ever reigned longer.

On Sunday, 20 royal fans and their pet corgis gathered outside the palace to remember the queen. Queen Elizabeth loved corgis. She received a corgi named Susan on her 18th birthday. Throughout her life, she owned around 30 more.

Before they became famous buddies of the queen, corgis were first bred as herding dogs. The shorties are especially good at nipping at the heels of cattle to keep them moving. (That’s why they belong to a dog type called “heelers.”) They also excel at dodging heavy hooves.

Agatha Crerer-Gilbert organized Sunday’s event. She says she would like the corgi march to take place every year in Elizabeth’s memory. “I can’t see a better way to remember her than through her corgis,” she says.

Aleksandr Barmin owns a corgi named Cinnamon. He has taken his pet to past royal-related events. He says the parade was a sad reminder that Elizabeth is no longer around.

“It’s a really hard feeling, to be honest . . . it’s really sad that we don’t have (the queen) among us anymore. But still, Her Majesty the Queen is still in our hearts.”

We may be very sad when people we love die. But those who are covered by Jesus’ salvation get to spend eternity with Him. That is better than anything in this life!

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints. — Psalm 116:15