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90 Years of Queen Elizabeth Looking Lovingly at Corgis

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Queen Elizabeth's love of corgis — specifically, the highly adorable Pembroke Welsh version — has been well documented, from their appearance in her official portraits, and bronze statues to investigative Vanity Fair profiles that reveal just how much of an avid corgi breeder she is. Nearly synonymous with the Queen herself, these dogs (of which there are only two left, Holly and Willow) have been treated to their very own room in Buckingham Palace, aptly titled the Corgi Room, eat fresh rabbit and beef, and own custom booties to protect their paws from the gravelly palace grounds.

But the best way to witness Queen Elizabeth's love of the breed is to see her gazing lovingly into a dog's eyes. Here, in honor of her 90th (!!!) birthday, an ode to the many, many times she demonstrated her inability to remain chill around corgis.

Here's baby Queen Elizabeth (when she was just a princess!) walking her pup in 1931:

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And again in London's Hyde Park:

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Who's the princessy-er princess — Elizabeth or this corgi?

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Liz hangs out with her younger sister Margaret — and more importantly, their corgis — in 1936:

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It's hard to say who's enjoying this moment more:

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Ditto here:

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The only way to make a staring-off-into-the-distance photo even more majestic? Add a corgi.

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Liz poses lovingly with her corgi, Sue, in 1944:

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Elizabeth (now the Queen!) found the most royal-looking dogs while in Scotland:

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The Queen's corgis in 1960, likely wondering why they aren't the subject of her photograph:

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Liz honored her corgis in the best way possible — by dressing up as one herself:

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The Queen's two corgis being the world's best travel buddies:

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Just so many corgis:

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This 1970 portrait proves corgis stare just as lovingly at the Queen as she does at them:

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Cool corgi mom Queen Elizabeth doesn't even get mad when her corgis completely tangle themselves on her purse:

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The Queen in her study, probably studying facts about corgis:

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Elizabeth and Phillip chill with newspapers and a corgi in Scotland in 1975:

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Here's the Queen with her mother and a corgi that's technically a "dorgi," a cross between a dachshund and a corgi:

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Even royals get a chuckle out of the "corgi flop," otherwise known as the delightfully derpy way corgis jump into bodies of water:

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Once again, corgis are the best travel buddies:

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There has never been a happier photo than this portrait from 1980:

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"I enjoy long walks on the beach ... and corgis."

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The royal love of corgis even extends to the Queen Mother, seen here on her birthday in 1983:

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During a visit to Australia in 2002, the Queen found a kennel club with JUST CORGIS:

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That same year in Winnipeg, she visited the Manitoba Corgi Association, because it's not like she was going to NOT visit it:

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This genius fan brought a corgi to a routine greeting in 2004:

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Game recognizes game:

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This 2009 statue honors Liz's love of corgis by immortalizing two of them in bronze:

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In 2010, Elizabeth went BACK to Winnipeg to meet the very same corgi owners, and has never looked happier:

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The only thing better than two corgis? Two corgis in festive neckties.

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Last March, the Queen visited the Battersea Dogs and Cats home, and found the fluffiest corgi ever:

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The only acceptable meetings are meetings involving corgis:

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And finally, in perhaps the ultimate ode to Queen Elizabeth's and corgis' mutual love and respect for one another, this Anne Leibovitz–shot portrait for her 90th birthday:

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Happy birthday, your majesty!