Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 90th Birthday this past Saturday (June 11). In her honor, Spoonflower, a website that lets users design, print, and sell their own fabric, paid respect to Her Majesty’s big day by putting together a collection of 90 Corgi dog-pillows, plus one life-sized body-pillow of the Queen herself.
“It is a token of our affection and admiration for the Queen – and her life-long love of corgis,” says Allison Polish, President of Spoonflower, which has released photographs showing the 90 Corgi pillows, plus one body-pillow of the Queen herself, in a variety of poses.
“This year marks not just the Queen’s 90th birthday but also – less remarked – the 83rd anniversary of her love affair with corgis,” says Polish,
The Queen has loved Corgis ever since she was a small child, when her father brought one home for the then 7-year-old Princess Elizabeth and her sister.
Spoonflower also has strong links with Corgis. It is, among other things, the world’s leading source of Corgi-themed fabric, wallpaper and gift-wrap designs, with almost 300 available. “We’re amazed by the number and variety,” says Polish. “There seems a special fascination with corgis. They punch way above their weight.”
This company is also the place to go for anyone wanting to create a replica of their Corgi or other pet in the form of a pillow. Indeed, the new Spoonflower Handbook, published by Abrams Books, includes an explanation of “How to Create A Doppelganger Dog Pillow.”
“Not many people realize that you can make a replica of their pet in the form of a pillow,” says Allison Polish. “But such pillows would become the next big thing.” The company also complied some fun facts about the Queen’s life-long love affair.
12 Fun-Filled Facts About the Queen and Her Corgis
#1 – The Queen has owned more than 30 Corgis (but none, as far as we can tell, with a name longer than two syllables).
#2 – Pembroke Welsh Corgis are her favorite breed.
#3 -He Majesty has loved Corgis since she was a small child, after first encountering those owned by the children of the Marquess of Bath.
#4 -The first Corgi she ever owned was called Dookie, which her father, the future King George VI, brought home for his daughters Elizabeth and Margaret in 1933.
#5 – Elizabeth, age 7, picked Dookie from a choice of three Corgi pups, reportedly because of his longer tail – “So that we can see whether he’s pleased or not.”
#6 – When still young princesses, Elizabeth and her sister Margaret, invented the “dorgi” by cross-breeding Elizabeth’s Corgi, Tiny, with Margaret’s Dachshund, Pipkin.
#7 – On her 18th birthday in 1944, the future queen was given a Corgi named Susan.
#8 – She was so fond of Susan that she took her on honeymoon after marrying Prince Philip in 1947.
#9 – Susan founded a Corgi dynasty, producing at least 10 generations of royal Corgis.
#10 – Susan became one of several royal Corgis to bite royal servants. She nipped Leonard Hubbard, the Royal Clockwinder, as he was entering the Royal Lodge Windsor in 1954.
#11 – Holly and Willow, the Queen’s current Corgis, are the last two remaining of a once 13-strong pack.
#12 – Holly and Willow seem likely to be the Queen’s last Corgis, after the announcement last year that she had ended her breeding program.
But what will become of Spoonflower’s 90 Corgis once the Queen’s birthday celebrations are over? Spoonflower is sending two specially-produced Corgi pillows as a gift to the Queen – one each for the Queen’s two remaining dogs, Holly and Willow.
The company hopes one day to present all 90 pillows at Buckingham Palace. If that doesn’t work out, Spoonflower may consider auctioning them in aid of one of the Queen’s favorite charities.
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