Queen Elizabeth II Covers 'Vanity Fair' For The First Time With Her Beloved Corgis (and Dorgis)

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Queen Elizabeth II holding Holly and, from left, Willow, Vulcan and Candy. Photo: Annie Leibovitz

Queen Elizabeth II holding Holly and, from left, Willow, Vulcan and Candy. Photo: Annie Leibovitz

In celebration of her 90th birthday, Queen Elizabeth II posed alongside her very photogenic Pembroke Welsh corgis Holly, Willow, Vulcan and Candy for photographer Annie Leibovitz and the cover of Vanity Fair's latest issue — a first for Britain's longest-reigning monarch. In lieu of the magazine's favorite outfit (a corset), Her Majesty sported a signature look: a monochromatic outfit in shades of blue and Gucci loafers. 

According to Leibovitz, the photoshoot was the Queen's idea and took place at her Windsor Castle home in April. She also posed with her husband Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, her daughter Princess Royal Anne, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, including Princess Charlotte and knee-sock-wearing Prince George. The Vanity Fair issue includes an accompanying essay by William Shawcross, a series of images from 2007 to 2016 by Leibovitz (the first American to photograph Queen Elizabeth II), as well as a deep-dive into Her Majesty's portraits by writer Laura Jacobs. And, duh, of course there's a feature on the Queen's love for corgis, which hails all the way back to her 18th birthday and a pup named Susan. According to the magazine, cover co-stars Vulcan and Candy are, in fact, dorgis — a crossbreed between one of the Queen's corgis and her sister Princess Margaret's dachshund.

The Royals are posing for an unprecedented magazine shoots this year. To celebrate British Vogue's 100th anniversary, the publication landed a super-casual Kate Middleton on its cover. You can read the stories on Queen Elizabeth II and see the rest of cover shoot on VanityFair.com. The summer issue hits newsstands nationally on Tues., June 7.

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