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Beloved animals through the years

Marcus Adams (1875-1959)

Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret with Dookie 1941

RCIN 2943731

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This photograph shows Dookie, one of the first royal corgis. Dookie, and another corgi called Jane, were acquired in 1933 for Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II) and Princess Margaret, who had enjoyed playing with a Pembroke corgi owned by the children of Viscount Weymouth. Dookie, officially named Rozavel Golden Eagle, acquired his nickname when he was sent away to be trained. The staff, aware that the dog was destined for the household of the Duke of York, began to refer to him as 'Dookie'. When the dog returned to his new family it became clear that he only responded to his new nickname, so it stayed with him.

This photograph was taken by Marcus Adams during his last sitting with the Princesses at Windsor Castle in March 1941. Dookie was followed by Susan who was given to Princess Elizabeth as an eighteenth birthday present. All of Queen Elizabeth II's corgis since have been descendants of Susan.