By Jessica Hehir-Smith via SWNS
Dozens of Corgi owners dressed in their best royal attire as they gathered to honor the late Queen Elizabeth II.
Tessa Vernstrom attended the event with her two corgis, one-year-old Tendi and three-year-old Riker.
The event, organized by the Perth Corgi group, took place in Langley Park, Perth, Australia, where approximately 50 dogs and their owners gathered in tribute to Queen Elizabeth II.
The dogs were dressed up in regal clothing to pay respect to the late queen, who had owned more than 30 corgis in her lifetime.
"The event was organized on very short notice by the Perth corgi group," said Tessa, an astronomer at the University of Western Australia, who is originally from Minnesota.
"As soon as we heard the news. It's a tight knit community and we said we should do something to honor the Queen, so we organized this.
“I didn't dress up my dogs, but I wish I had. I usually dress them up for events like Halloween, but I didn't have time to find something appropriate.
“Personally, I was saddened by the Queen's passing. I personally respected the Queen and also her love of animals and corgis in general.
"I think anyone who is an animal lover will appreciate her in that respect.”
Tessa believes the international corgi community will be inspired to pay their own unique tributes to Queen Elizabeth II.
“I have seen already that there is another event on the way, planned by the Melbourne Corgi group. I think many other corgi groups will follow," she said.
“She was an important figure for the breed and she played a big role in bringing attention to the world.
“A lot of us were concerned about what would happen to the dogs after she passed, but I am sure they'll be well looked after.”
Queen Elizabeth II's corgis will be looked after by Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, according to a spokesperson for the Duke of York.
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