Queen Elizabeth II “has been exceptionally touched by the loss” of a corgi: “the most devoted companion”, says an expert


Queen Elizabeth II has owned and loved more than 30 corgis since her family received their first companion in 1933, when the then princess was just 7 years old. Sandy and Muick, the late monarch’s newest pair of corgis, were by her side when she died at Balmoral Castle on September 8. The Queen’s cause of death was released on Wednesday, revealing she died of old age.

Royal expert Hilary Fordwich told Fox News Digital that Elizabeth was “exceptionally touched by the loss” of her corgi, Willow, in 2018. Willow was a direct descendant of her family’s first corgi, Susan, and gave her was given on her 18th birthday. .

“In 2018, she was exceptionally touched by the loss of her beloved Willow, who had become her most devoted companion as she was a direct descendant of Susan, her first corgi, who was an 18-year-old gift when she was still Princess Elizabeth,” Fordwich said.

Queen Elizabeth II owned more than 30 Corgis throughout her life.
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Many of the Queen’s corgis she owned throughout her life were direct descendants of Susan.

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Fordwich then shared why Willow and Elizabeth had such a close bond.

“Willow’s close bond with the Queen was due to her being the last in a long line to return to her parents. Her closeness to her parents should never be underestimated as she now rests at peace with them. , and her sister, the last Princess Margaret,” she said.

“Together with his father, King George VI and his mother, the beloved Queen Mother, they called themselves ‘we four’. Her husband Prince Philip, who died in April 2021, has now been interned with them .”

Princess Elizabeth with two corgi dogs at her home in London in July 1936.

Princess Elizabeth with two corgi dogs at her home in London in July 1936.
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According to the royal expert, some of Elizabeth’s greatest passions were dogs and horses. Fordwich shared that it “wasn’t surprising” that her two corgis, as well as her fallen pony, were involved in her funeral procession “given that she planned almost every aspect of her funeral, in plans known as London Bridge”.

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Fordwich’s favorite story involving the Queen’s beloved corgis was when she wrote letters under her corgis’ pseudonym. She wrote of her dogs to her squire’s dogs. A squire is a person who assumes the role of an officer, royal servant or chief of staff.

“Alexander Armstrong, the BBC presenter, said years ago seeing letters she had written herself,” Fordwich recalled. “He said his letters from his corgis were ‘hilarious, a perfect illustration of the Queen’s wicked sense of humour.’ He added that he remembered ‘holding my belly, screaming with laughter because they were wickedly funny.”

The Queen's corgis, Muick and Sandy, are paraded inside Windsor Castle on September 19, 2022, ahead of the engagement service of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II.

The Queen’s corgis, Muick and Sandy, are paraded inside Windsor Castle on September 19, 2022, ahead of the engagement service of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II.
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Kinsey Schofield, royal expert and host of the ‘To Di For Daily’ podcast, told Fox News Digital that the Queen has been very active with all of her puppies.

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“As accurately depicted in ‘The Crown’, the Queen was very active with her pack and enjoyed feeding them herself. When I say ‘pack’, I mean pack. The most puppies she has ever had busy at a time was 13!”

Schofield shared the feelings of the late Princess Diana about the Queen’s corgis.

“Shocked by the visual, Princess Diana would call them ‘the moving carpet,'” she said.

Queen Elizabeth II greeted by local corgi enthusiasts as she leaves the Legislative Building during a trip to Canada in 2005.

Queen Elizabeth II greeted by local corgi enthusiasts as she leaves the Legislative Building during a trip to Canada in 2005.
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“Over the years, an ‘accident’ by one of the corgis inside the palace was a typical Tuesday. A quick cleanup, and all was well. The corgis ran the show. New staff members hid treats or sausages in their pockets to win the corgis around the queen,” Schofield continued.

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The royal expert explained that she was very protective of her corgis and worried about their future. Schofield noted that Elizabeth did not want to have another corgi after Willow died, as she did not want her pets to survive her.

“Despite his wish, Prince Andrew and Princess Beatrice found Muick and Sandy for the Queen. Andrew feared for his father’s health and thought the idea of ​​puppies might lift the Queen’s spirits,” he said. she declared.

Prince Andrew stands alongside the Queen's corgis, Muick and Sandy, outside Windsor Castle on September 19, ahead of Queen Elizabeth II's committal service.

Prince Andrew stands alongside the Queen’s corgis, Muick and Sandy, outside Windsor Castle on September 19, ahead of Queen Elizabeth II’s committal service.
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After Queen Elizabeth II’s death, Prince William said Sandy and Muick would be “very well looked after. Spoiled rotten, I’m sure”, in footage obtained by Sky News. The two corgis would be cared for by Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson.

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When Queen Elizabeth died, fans held a royal corgi parade at Buckingham Palace in her honor, scheduled for October 9. Parade organizer Agatha Crerer-Gilbert has revealed she plans to pay tribute to the Queen with a special corgi. an event.

“To celebrate Her Majesty’s life, we plan to hold corgi gatherings at Buckingham Palace and other royal estates – Windsor, Sandringham and Balmoral,” she told Metro. “Rest in peace – she’s gone to heaven to join all her corgis.”


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