Kitty Flynn

The Advertiser - SA Weekend - - DIAMOND JUBILEE -

corgi breeder Kitty Flynn has al­ways had a soft spot for the Buck­ing­ham Palace corgi pack and their royal owner. “My hus­band calls me a royal fan so I guess I am,” she says, laugh­ing. So it was a spe­cial thrill when ear­lier this year her dog Cham­pion Dwynella Skye Walker (or Mr Walker, as he is known at home) won the Queen’s Tro­phy awarded an­nu­ally by the Ade­laide Hills Ken­nel Club for the best Welsh corgi (Pembroke). The tro­phy was do­nated by the Queen in 1985 in mem­ory of her friend Thelma Gray, a re­spected English corgi breeder who later moved to South Australia, set­tling in the Ade­laide Hills where she was an in­au­gu­ral mem­ber of the lo­cal ken­nel club. When Gray was a young girl, her dog was run over by a royal coach and she wrote to the Palace, which re­placed the dog. Years later, the late King Ge­orge VI took his daugh­ters El­iz­a­beth and Mar­garet to Gray’s ken­nels to se­lect their first corgi, the start of a royal ca­nine dy­nasty and a spe­cial friend­ship. “When Thelma died, the Queen do­nated the Thelma Gray Me­mo­rial Queen’s Tro­phy,” Flynn says. “It’s the only tro­phy she’s do­nated so it’s very spe­cial.” It’s the sec­ond time one of Flynn’s dogs has won the tro­phy (Cham­pion Dy­gae Sil­ver Spell won in 2000) but she was un­able to at­tend a re­cep­tion at Gov­ern­ment House in 2002 where fel­low re­cip­i­ents met the Queen be­cause she was liv­ing over­seas. Flynn al­ways takes spe­cial note when she sees the royal cor­gis at the palaces on TV. “They are a breed that would lap that up too; they are pretty in­tel­li­gent lit­tle things, they can work me out and they’d prob­a­bly work out the Queen as well.” So does Mr Walker have what it takes to be a royal corgi? “Yes, he’d fit right in there.”

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