NETFLIX’s popular drama series The Crown could be behind the revived fortunes of the once at risk Pembroke corgi.

The Queen’s favourite breed is enjoying a new limelight only two years after being taken off the Kennel Club’s register of vulnerable native breeds.

It is thought this could be due to the popularity of the streaming giant’s The Crown, which follows the life of a young Elizabeth II as she takes to the throne.

David Robson, of the Kennel Club, told the Daily Telegraph: “The Crown has certainly been important in the resurgence of the corgi breed.

“It has increased interest in the breed. Following the transmission of the second series searches for the breed puppies on our web site went up by 22 per cent.”

In 2014, the Pembroke Welsh corgi was considered vulnerable, for the first time in the breed’s history, as numbers of registered pups had fallen to 274.

But in February 2016, the Kennel Club figures showed that more than 300 Pembroke corgi pups had been registered in the past year, moving the breed from the vulnerable native breed list to the at watch list.

Between 2016 and 2017 the number of Pembroke Corgis registrations rose from 424 to 456.

The other breed of corgi, the Cardigan, remains on the Kennel Club’s list of vulnerable native breeds.

Traditionally used to herd cattle, Welsh corgis have been a favourite of the Queen since she was a child.

Since ascending to the throne she has owned more than 30 corgis.