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Now that Queen Elizabeth II is dead, what happens to her dogs?

Shaurya Thapa
Shaurya ThapaSep 09, 2022 | 19:03

Now that Queen Elizabeth II is dead, what happens to her dogs?

Queen Elizabeth II has had 30 corgis in her 70-year-long reign (photo-DailyO)

The late Queen Elizabeth II of England was always fond of her dogs, often photographed with corgis in the latter years of her life. Now that the British monarch has passed away at the age of 96, the question around her dog's ownership remains. 

The Royal family hasn't issued any formal statement as of now

"We can only speculate on plans for the corgis - nothing is left to chance with the royal family," Royal correspondent Victoria Arbiter told The Independent.

However, journalist and writer Penny Junor suggests an alternative theory. She mentions that the responsibility of taking care of the dogs can fall on the Queen's trusted dressmaker, assistant and right-hand woman, Angela Kelly or to her reliable page of many years, Paul Whybrew. 

Even though the fate of the corgis is unknown, The Independent adds that a Royal insider suggests Prince Andrew might take care of the last of Queen's surviving dogs: two corgis Muick and Sandy and one dorgi Candy (dorgi is the hybrid between a daschund and a corgi). 

Will Prince Andrew take the dogs? 

According to Royal biographer Ingrid Seward, "I imagine the dogs would be looked after by the family, probably Andrew [as] he's the one that gave them to her, they're quite young, the corgi and the dorgi."

Queen Elizabeth II sitting with one of the corgis that Prince Andrew gifted her to cope with Prince Philip's death in 2021 (photo-Getty)
Queen Elizabeth II sitting with one of the corgis that Prince Andrew gifted her to cope with Prince Philip's death in 2021 (photo-Getty)

After Andrew took a formal exile from the family following his connections with Jeffrey Epstein, the disgraced Duke of York has not given many public comments. So, for now, the fate of the corgis seems uncertain as insiders suggest that other than the late Queen, no one else in the family were really fond of corgis. 

The Queen's lifelong obssession with dogs 

Elizabeth's father King George VI gifted her a corgi when she was 7. This led to a lifelong obssession with corgis with even her 18th birthday in 1944 being marked by a pet corgi called Susan. But what is certain is that every year of her eventual reign has been marked by one corgi or the other. Even though she has had Cocker Spaniels and dorgis, corgis have been her favorite breed for the entirety of her reign. This is comparable to Queen Victoria's fondness for pugs, having owned 38 of them at once. 

A young Queen Elizabeth pictured with one of her earliest corgis (photo-American Kennel Club on Twitter)
A young Queen Elizabeth pictured with one of her earliest corgis (photo-American Kennel Club on Twitter)

As for Elizabeth, she has had 30 corgis over the course of a 70-year reign. She is now survived by the aforementioned corgis and one dorgi (in addition to the hoo-mans). 

Last updated: September 09, 2022 | 19:03
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