A viral tweet has surfaced shocking information about Queen Elizabeth II’s beloved corgis. It seems the late monarch’s favorite pets caused quite a bit of trouble in the royal household, reportedly biting staff and even the Queen herself — so much so that she had to get three stitches.
Queen Elizabeth II died on September 8 at Balmoral Castle at the age of 96. Throughout her 70-year reign, the British monarch was known for her love of the breed and owned more than 30 corgis over the course of her life. Although the Queen’s Corgis seem like lovable creatures, there is one Twitter user dug up some little-known facts about the dogs that prove that life with the furry friends may not have always been so pleasant.Read:Day Shift Review | Movie
Writer and historian Hannah Rose Woods took to Twitter on Sept. 14 after scrolling through a Wikipedia entry for the Queen’s corgis. The section was given the threatening title ‘Victims’.
“I didn’t expect the Wikipedia entry for the royal corgis to get so gruesome,” she tweeted, along with two screenshots from the site.
According to the page, the queen and her royal staff have been bitten by the corgis several times. The first occurred in 1954, when a Pembroke corgi named Susan—who was gifted to the Queen on her 18th birthday—bit the royal clock winder, Leonard Hubbard, at the Royal Lodge in Windsor.Read:Ipswich: Ed Sheeran performing surprise gig in town centre
A New York Times 1954 archive reported that one of the queen’s dogs, possibly Susan, also bit one of the queen’s guards a week after they bit Hubbard. Later in the same year, the Queen Mother’s corgi bit a police officer on duty in London.
In 1968 MP Peter Doig called on the royal staff to put up a sign in Balmoral Castle that read “Beware of the dog” after another corgi bit a postman delivering a letter to the castle.
“This is a joke here, but it is no laughing matter for the postman,” Doig told the House of Commons at the time, according to the report. St Joseph Gazette.
When the bad behavior of the corgis started to spiral out of control, the royal family reportedly hired an animal psychologist in 1989 to tame the dogs.
But it wasn’t just humans who seemed to bite the corgis. In 1989, the Queen Mother’s dog, Ranger, led a pack of corgis that attacked and killed Chipper, the queen’s beloved dorgi (a mix of dachshunds and corgis). And in 2003, one of the Queen’s beloved dogs, Pharos — a tenth-generation descendant of Susan — was fatally mauled by Princess Anne’s English bull terrier, Dotty.Read:Zac Efron Looking Swole On Set Of ‘The Iron Claw’
The incident happened when Princess Anne visited her mother at Sandringham Place on Christmas Day as the Queen’s corgis raced out the door. “When the door was opened by a servant, the Queen’s corgis rushed down the main stairs to greet Anne,” The sun reported at the time.
“But Dotty went for Pharos — wrecking the corgi’s hind legs and breaking one in three places.”
This wasn’t Dotty’s only offense. In November 2002, Princess Anne pleaded guilty to charges under the Dangerous Dog Act after the English bull terrier bit two children in Windsor Great Park. The Princess Royal was ordered to pay a $790 fine, $395 in compensation to the boys and $234 court costs.
The Queen was also not unscathed by the behavior of her beloved corgis. In March 1991, she tried to end a fight between ten dogs and had to get three stitches in her left hand. Two of the Queen Mother’s dogs also joined in the fight. The Queen Mother’s driver, Joan Collins, had to get a tetanus shot after she tried to intervene.
“Now I have a mental image of the queen trying to break up a fight between 10 of her corgis in my head,” one person said in response to the viral tweet.
“The real story of the Royal Corgi’s microseries proposals,” wrote another user.
Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon paid tribute to the Queen when she recently shared a funny story about the misbehaving corgis. “One of the Queen’s young corgis, a beautiful pup named Sandy, was feeding through a lamp switch,” said Sturgeon, who described the experience as “tense.”
Fortunately, tragedy was averted and Sandy made it out unscathed, but not before a stern slap from his mistress.
After the death of Queen Elizabeth II, there has been much speculation about the fate of her two dogs left behind. On September 11, it was announced that the Duke and Duchess of York will inherit two of the Queen’s dogs, Muick and Sandy. Both dogs were gifted to the late monarch by her son, Prince Andrew.