Royal dogs: Orphans, Elizabeth II’s corgis adopted by her son Andrew

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royal dogsOrphans, the corgis of Elizabeth II adopted by her son Andrew

Their fate had so far remained unresolved: Queen Elizabeth’s beloved corgis, dogs inseparable from the sovereign who died on Thursday at the age of 96, have finally found a home.

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A spokeswoman for Prince Andrew, the Queen’s third child, and his ex-wife the Duchess of York Sarah announced on Sunday that they would be caring for Muick and Sandy, the two corgis who survived the Queen. Andrew is often touted as Elizabeth II’s ‘favorite son’ but stepped back from the monarchy after US sexual assault charges he ended by paying millions of dollars .

It was already him who had given her these two little puppies a few months apart. Muick and Sandy, the last proud representatives of the more than 30 corgis the Queen has owned, had brought her a lot of comfort during the pandemic, according to her dresser Angela Kelly.

Sandy, offered for the 95th anniversary

Muick had joined the family at the beginning of 2021 to brighten up the daily life of the monarch then confined – like the rest of the country – to Windsor, with another puppy named Fergus. The latter unfortunately died a few weeks later, at the age of five months, shortly after the death of Prince Philip, husband of the Queen. To replace him, Andrew and his daughters, the princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, had offered Elizabeth II little Sandy, on the occasion of his official 95th birthday.

The Queen’s love for these little dogs dates back at least to 1944, when her parents gave her her very first corgi, Susan, from whom most of her subsequent dogs were descended, for her 18th birthday. Elizabeth II took care of her dogs herself as much as possible, who accompanied her on weekends to Windsor and lived in her private apartments. She fed them whenever her busy schedule allowed and also loved to walk them.

His love for corgis was showcased at his platinum jubilee festivities celebrating his 70 year reign in June with a gathering of 70 corgis at Balmoral and a corgis race at Musselburgh Racecourse.

(AFP)

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