The Queen and her Corgis

Exhibitions and Displays

The Queen and her Corgis

The Queen and her Corgis

8 March–25 June 2023
Free display 

Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-serving monarch, is celebrated for her exceptional commitment to public duty and passionate support of charitable causes and national institutions. She is also recognised for the famously close association she developed with Pembroke Welsh corgis, a fearless breed of herding dog, owning over thirty of them throughout her reign.

Coinciding with Portraits of Dogs: From Gainsborough to Hockney (29 March–15 October 2023), our major exhibition exploring the unique relationship between dogs and humans, this special one-room display celebrates through photographs the unique connection The Queen had with corgis throughout her life.

Background image: Queen Elizabeth II of England at Balmoral Castle with one of her Corgis, 28 September 1952.
Photo credit: Bettmann / Contributor via Getty Images

Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II) with two corgi dogs at her home at 145 Piccadilly, London, July 1936. (Photo by Lisa Sheridan/Studio Lisa/Hulton Archive via Getty Images)
Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II) with two corgi dogs at her home at 145 Piccadilly, London, July 1936. (Photo by Lisa Sheridan/Studio Lisa/Hulton Archive via Getty Images)