Prince William says the Queen’s corgis are ‘very well cared for’
Prince William has reassured mourners that the Queen’s corgis are being “very well” cared for following her death.
The late monarch – who died aged 96 on September 8 – still has two corgis, Sandy and Muick, after his beloved dorgi (dachshund-corgi cross) died aged 18, a few months only before his death.
And the Prince of Wales told those queuing in Lambeth, south London, to see the Queen’s coffin lying in state in Westminster Hall that the monarch’s canine companions have a “good home”.
He told them in a clip shared by Sky News: “I saw them the other day. They’ll be looking after them well, they’re two very friendly corgis and they have a good home.”
He added: “They are very well cared for, spoiled rotten I’m sure.”
The corgis are believed to be cared for by the Duke of York and his ex-wife Sarah, Duchess of York.
A spokesperson for Prince Andrew said last weekend that he and Sarah would take the pets – which were given to the Queen by the Duke during lockdown to cheer her up while her late husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, was in hospital and that she was staying in Windsor.
Her Majesty’s dogs were each descended from her first, Susan, an 18th birthday present from her father, George VI.
A source also revealed the Duke of York will be taking the dogs to his 30-bedroom Royal Lodge home in Windsor.
An insider was quoted by The Sun as saying: “It’s fascinating – Charles is now king, Camilla is queen consort, William and Kate, the Prince and Princess of Wales… (Andrew) just has the dogs.
“At least he has plenty of free time after stepping down from royal duties.”
In early 2021, the queen received two new puppies, a corgi and a dorgi.
The monarch named the Dorgi Fergus after an uncle, his mother’s brother, Fergus Bowes-Lyon, who was killed in World War I in 1915.
Muick was named after a favorite spot near Balmoral Castle, where she traditionally spent her summers.
The late monarch was left devastated after Fergus died, five months, just weeks after receiving him, shortly after Philip also died, in April 2021, aged 99.
He was later replaced with a new corgi pup of Andrew and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie for his official 95th birthday, which the Queen named Sandy.