This is a Royal card celebrating Queen Elizabeth and her beloved Corgi dogs.
The rosy pink cover shows the British Imperial State Crown surround by doggie paw prints.
Open the card to a 3-D pop-up of gracious Queen Elizabeth II in hot pink hat and coat ensemble, wearing black gloves and holding a sensible black handbag and a bundle of pink roses. 5 eager corgis wearing little crowns crowd around her.
This is a hilarious card for a dog lover, for a Brit, for a Queen, for a Royalist. It is a charming invitation to tea, for a birthday, friendship, for campy pride, for LGBT, to celebrate the royal weddings of Prince William to Kate Middleton and Prince Harry to Meghan Markle.*
Corgi Royal history:
In living memory, no world leader has been as widely identified with a particular animal as Elizabeth II with her corgis. Symbols of friendliness, the dogs are shrewdly deployed for publicity purposes, lending warmth to her public image. For the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics, corgis led James Bond into Buckingham Palace. At Christmastime, the first thing seen by visitors to the palace gift shop is a giant mound of stuffed-animal corgis.
The corgis are more than symbols. In a life ruled by protocol, they provide an easy way for the Queen to break the ice with strangers. In what can be an isolating position, she gets from her dogs unlimited amounts of love and physical affection. The dogs don’t know or care that she is monarch.
Whenever possible, the Queen feeds the corgis herself and leads them on daily walks. Her husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, has referred to the walks as a form of therapy, his wife’s “dog mechanism.”
Photos from archives:
‘Barking All the Time’
Not everyone in the royal family has shared the queen’s enthusiasm for her fleet of corgis. In a television interview in 2012, Prince William, the queen’s grandson and the second in line to the British throne, expressed some issues with the dogs:
“They’re barking all the time,” he said. “I don’t know how she copes with it.”
Prince Harry, his brother, has also registered a noise complaint. “I’ve spent the last 33 years being barked at,” he told the BBC in 2017.
Corgis love pleasing their owners.
Corgis have a cult-like following mainly due to their playful and sweet personalities. According to Welsh mythology, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi was the transportation mode of choice for fairies. On farms in deepest Wales, corgis have been working dogs for hundreds of years. They herd sheep and cattle by nipping at their heels.
Though they can be shy with strangers, Corgis are good with children and have a strong desire to please their owners. They’re also one of the silliest-looking dogs, with huge ears, a long torso, and a big butt.
This breed is prone to overeating.
Big dog on short legs.
According to the breed book, a purebred corgi should have a clean cut outline, level topline, and true and strong hindquarters.
Around 1969, a time of social transition, the corgi breed started to change. The dogs’ bodies were being bred to look rounder and hang lower to the ground, and their faces bore a growing resemblance to Disney characters and nursery toys.
Laugh, love, shake your nub!
This breed is prone to overeating.
May your birthday be happier than a corgi on stilts.
Keep calm and straighten your crown.
The world is your catwalk.
Royalty has a magic all its own.
If the crown fits, wear it.
Forever a Queen.
When you need to, throw a little shade.
Queen of Everything.
Believe in your inner Beyonce.
Chin up, Princess, or the crown will slip.
I’d like to be the Queen of people’s hearts. ~Princess Diana
Like all the best families, we have our share of eccentricities, of impetuous and wayward youngsters and of family disagreements. ~Queen Elizabeth II
*As we all know, Harry and William are the sons of Diana, Princess of Wales. Prince Harry’s new title is His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex, and after marriage to Harry, Meghan Markle’s title became Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex. When Prince William was given the title of Duke of Cambridge, Kate Middleton became Duchess of Cambridge. All clear?