With the passing of Queen Elizabeth II came a lot of questions about titles, positions, and the future of the monarchy. But for some fans, there was another equally important quandary—what was going to happen to the Queen’s corgis?
A famous dog lover, the Queen had two beloved pooches at the end of her life, Muick and Sandy. Shortly after the monarch’s death, it was announced that the pups would be headed to the Royal Lodge in Windsor to live with the Queen’s son Prince Andrew and Andrew’s ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York. The dogs even got a chance to give a final farewell to Her Majesty, as they were spotted outside of Windsor Castle yesterday along with Prince Andrew as the Queen’s coffin made its way to her final resting place in the King George VI Memorial Chapel.
Prince William himself had some reassuring words for fans wondering about the state of the corgis. Speaking to a well-wisher in the queue to pay respects at the Queen’s coffin while she was lying in state at Westminster Hall, the newly-minted Prince of Wales said, “I saw them the other day, that got me quite sad. They are going to be looked after fine.” He added, “They’ll be looked after very well. Spoiled rotten, I’m sure.”
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Over her seven decades on the throne, the Queen’s love of corgis became almost as iconic as the monarch herself. She was reportedly gifted her first one, Susan, by her father, King George VI, for her 18th birthday and through the years cares for dozens of corgis, including multiple generations of Susan’s descendants. One of the dogs that was with her at the end of her life, Muick, was given to her by Andrew, and her granddaughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, and her longtime dresser and confidant, Angela Kelly, said that he and Sandy were “a godsend” to the Queen during the pandemic.
Lauren Hubbard is a freelance writer and Town & Country contributor who covers beauty, shopping, entertainment, travel, home decor, wine, and cocktails.