Obi-Wan Corgi, wearing a union jack bandana, stares intently at the camera as he sneezes with a woman wearing a tiara on a flower sofa.
“The queen will approve,” her owner tells her after the photo session with a snack.
Corgis – a lively brown-and-white dog with fine ears and short legs – is closely associated with Queen Elizabeth II, who is celebrating her platinum jubilee this week.
In the “Corgi Cam” pop-up at London’s historic Leidenhall Market, visitors can pose with a group of dogs in the wrong Irmaine attire, wearing crowns and tiaras.
The 96-year-old queen has kept Pembroke Welsh Korgis since she was 18, and even appeared with her dog in a James Bond clip filmed for the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics.
Organizer Katie Rabbi says the free Cargi Cam event has exceeded expectations, with some waiting a few hours to attend.
“Everyone associates the dog with its majesty and we wanted to be able to celebrate it,” he says.
The breed has recently attracted a lot of interest due to the Netflix series “The Crown”, but is still quite rare in the UK.
“A lot of people have never actually met Kargi,” Rabi said. “There’s not much in the neighborhood these days.”
The event runs from noon to 6pm, where people get a five-minute slot with Cargie one by one.
“They’re used to giggling with members of the public and they’re used to getting into a lot of trouble,” Rabi says of the dogs.
“We just saw it and thought we’d come down,” said Rhea Mesom, 23, posing with her university friend Megan Oakley, 24, in a red dress, crown and tear.
“We lined up for about two hours,” Mesom said. “But it was valuable because they brought out the Corgis and we can pet them while we wait.”
“It’s good. I think the queen would like it. She should bring Korgis,” he says with a smile.
Oakley added, “We’ve never seen anyone (Corgi) so close before.” “They’re really soft.”
Another visitor, Zaida Flores, brings her parents who are visiting from Ecuador, and they are sitting together with two dogs.
Flores, 31, wears a tiara with her long, green hair.
“We love dogs, we love dogs so it was a really nice experience,” she says
Emma Warren-Brown, a dog expert, watches sessions and examines animals for happiness and health.
“It’s great to see the public reaction to Corgis because you don’t really see many of them around,” he says.
“We would call them a rare species.”
“We really should expect their popularity to increase. I would hate to see them die, because as a clan, that’s what will happen. And of course they’re synonymous with the queen.”
The Queen stopped raising Korgis in her 90’s but kept two “Dorgis” – Dachsund and Korgi Cross – to keep her company during her later years.
One, Vulcan, died in 2020. The other, Candy, was joined by two new Corgi puppies – Muick and Sandy – during a coronavirus lockdown in March 2021.
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