Queen Elizabeth II and one of her dogs in 1998. (AFP/Getty Images)
By Maria Puente, USA TODAY
Monty the corgi, one of Queen Elizabeth II's snappy little dogs, has gone out with a bang, following stardom at the London Olympics and a nasty fight with another dog owned by the queen's granddaughter.
One of the queen's many short (and short-tempered) Welsh corgis, Monty, who was 13 and a favorite, died at Balmoral, the royal family's Scottish estate, over the weekend, Buckingham Palace said, but did not say why.
The dog was one of the queen's corgis who appeared with her and actor Daniel Craig in a James Bond video sketch that opened the London Olympics in July, amazing and amusing millions of Brits accustomed to seeing their monarch in less cheeky circumstances.
Later, however, after the family had retreated to Balmoral for their annual summer holiday, Monty was reported to be the bad dog who attacked Princess Beatrice's terrier Max, who survived but was badly injured in the scuffle.
Monty, who used to belong to the queen's mother, was named for the American horse whisperer Monty Roberts, who has advised the queen on both her beloved horses and her dogs. All of her corgis (there have been about 30 over the years) are descended from Susan, the corgi she received for her 18th birthday from her father, George VI, who got his first corgi in 1933.
She also owns "dorgis," the descendants of a dachsund-corgi pairing; one of them, Cider, also died at Balmoral recently.
Over the decades, the British have grown used to seeing a pack of yapping, snapping corgis following the queen around and romping in her palaces. Prince William recently joked about the noise they make, and at least one had to be put down a decade ago after being attacked by one of Princess Anne's dogs.
Monty is expected to be buried at the pet cemetery at Balmoral started by Queen Victoria in the 19th century. He might even get a headstone.