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What will happen to Queen Elizabeth’s Corgis now?
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The 96-year-old died peacefully at Balmoral in Scotland on Thursday local time, Buckingham Palace confirmed.
The monarch leaves behind children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, but also had four furry friends for whom she adored.
His oldest Corgi, named Candy, had been with the queen for 13 years.
It’s too early to say exactly who the dogs will be entrusted to, but given the Queen’s passion for the breed, they’re unlikely to be overlooked.
As the monarch grew, the care of her dogs was handled mainly by her staff.
“Dog care has at times been entrusted to lackeys, but most of all to the Queen’s trusty seamstress, assistant and right hand man, Angela Kelly, and her equally trusty page of many years standing, Paul Whybrew, who was seen walking with the queen and the dog in the James Bond parody, “explained royal writer Penny Junor in her 2018 book, All The Queen’s Corgis, referring to the monarch’s appearance in the video for the London Olympics in 2012.
Queen Elizabeth has owned more than 30 Corgi over the years.
Her love affair with the breed began as a child when she first laid eyes on a family friend’s Corgi.
When she turned 18, she was given her first Corgi, named Susan.
When Elizabeth left in a royal carriage with Prince Philip for their honeymoon in 1947, she reportedly took Susan with her under a blanket.
Over the years, the queen continued to support Corgis, often Susan’s descendants.
Her dogs often traveled with her on her royal jet and even accompanied her when she met world leaders.
Her dogs were kept in luxury, with bespoke rooms at Buckingham Palace and specially prepared meals by a chef.
TV presenter and actor Alexander Armstrong once revealed that he found handwritten letters written by Queen Elizabeth from her Corgis to some of the dogs on her royal staff.
Most of the correspondence came from the queen to her former squire, Sir Blair Stewart-Wilson.
“He would have written these letters from their Jack Russell to the Corgis and the Queen would have replied to these letters,” he explained.
Stewart-Wilson had letters framed and hung in his home, Armstrong said.
After reading some of them, Armstrong said the queen’s notes were “wickedly funny”.
The queen was also the first person ever to breed a Dorgi (a cross between a dachshund and a corgi).
While he was fit and able to do it, he loved walking the dogs once or even twice a day.
During the COVID pandemic in early 2021, because her husband, Prince Philip, was ill, Queen Elizabeth received a Corgi named Muick and a Dorgi named Fergus as a gift.
Fergus died just three months later and in June 2021, on what would have been Philip’s 100th birthday, Prince Andrew gave her his Corgi, Sandy.
“She loves animals and she absolutely loves dogs,” royal biographer Ingrid Seward once told Newsweek.
“Always did; they were his first love for her and will be her last ”.
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