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The Queen has always had a soft spot for corgis, so it is only fitting that her beloved pets join h...

The Queen is joined by her beloved corgis in official 90th birthday portrait

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The Queen has always had a soft spot for corgis, so it is only fitting that her beloved pets join her in a new official portrait to celebrate her 90th birthday. Her Majesty is surrounded by four of her dogs in the striking portrait, captured by renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz.

Taken in the private grounds of Windsor Castle, the photo shows Her Majesty standing on the steps at the rear of the East Terrace and East Garden with her dogs Willow, Vulcan, Candy and Holly. The 90-year-old is dressed in a casual blue coat and skirt, and smiles as she gazes into the distance.

It is one of three official portraits released to mark The Queen's 90th birthday on Thursday. The images were all taken at Windsor Castle shortly after Easter, and offer a glimpse at Her Majesty with her daughter Princess Anne along with a stunning portrait of the Queen with her youngest family members including Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

Corgis have always held a special place in the monarch's heart; it's believed that the Queen has owned more than 30 during her reign. "My corgis are my family," she has famously said.

Dookie, the first royal corgi, joined the royal household when Elizabeth was seven. The then-Princess even brought along her favourite, Susan – who had been given to her on her 18th birthday – when she and Prince Philip set off on their honeymoon.

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