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Queen Elizabeth II remembered in Germany with corgi parade tribute

Queen Elizabeth II: Corgis walk through Speyer to honour monarch

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A parade featuring corgi dogs which were beloved by Queen Elizabeth II, took place yesterday in a city in Germany, in honour of the late monarch. About 40 adorable pups were walked by their owners in the streets of Speyer, in the southwest of the European country. Participants paid tribute to the Queen as they paraded in the city centre waving Union Jack flags, to the sounds of bagpipe music.

The parade was organised after an initiative by Sabine Thomas, a corgi breeder from Speyer who has owned several corgis herself over the course of many years, German media reported. 

Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, prices for corgis have skyrocketed, according to the pet platform Pets4Homes, with a report suggesting the asking price for one of the small dogs has now reached more than £2,500.

But residents of Speyer are not the only ones in Germany who organised such a sweet event to pay tribute to the British Queen, as a similar event with the cute dogs starring occurred in Eickenrode.

The town located in Lower Saxony saw owners and their dogs also gathering for a parade in an emotional last salute to the Queen.

Previously, a dog expert had revealed that the Queen’s corgis will feel the loss of the monarch, and may even display signs of depression following her death.

It was announced that the Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York are to look after the Queen’s beloved corgis, Muick and Sandy, who even made an appearance at the Windsor Castle quadrangle during her funeral on Monday.

John Smith, dog expert and founder of pet personalisation product website Yappy, said while dogs do not understand the concept of death, they might feel the loss of their owner being gone.

Mr Smith said: “Dogs don’t quite understand the full extent of absence due to their owner passing away, so they don’t grieve death in a sense… Instead, they suffer a feeling of loss and emotional despair which abandoned dogs would feel too.

“These feelings can lend themselves to common and often devastating symptoms, such as whining, pacing, howling, loss of appetite, fidgeting, broken sleep patterns, anxiety, and lethargy.”

As a result of the Queen’s death, Muick and Sandy could display symptoms of anxiety and depression, according to the expert: “The corgis won’t fully understand the extent of the Queen’s death, but they are very intuitive and will understand the emotion of missing someone that’s no longer there,” he explained.

“Just like humans, some dogs can become depressed. A loss of an owner can be the trigger for depression in dogs, and signs to look out for are usually loss of appetite, becoming less active and a having a change of sleeping pattern.”

If these signs and symptoms of mourning should increase, extra support would be needed to help them settle into their new home with Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson.

Mr Smith recommended implementing a similar routine to the one they were in with the Queen as it gives them a sense of familiarity “in a time when everything around them is uncertain” and to give them extra attention and distract them as much as possible with walks, games or cuddles.

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Additionally, good behaviour like not howling or barking should be reinforced as well as tailoring activities to the corgis’ interests.

He added: “Due to their independent nature, it may take some time for them to adapt to their new life with Prince Andrew. It will be a very unsettling time for the corgis, and they may become anxious and find it difficult to trust those around them. However, although they can be a little territorial in the home, they will eventually start to feel at ease with their new surroundings.”

While the expert said the corgis will not have understood that the Queen was in the coffin before them at the procession on Monday, they may be able to detect her scent and therefore feel her presence due to their extremely good sense of smell.

Additional reporting Monica Pallenberg

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