In a bid to distract the Queen whilst Prince Philip was in the hospital, the father-of-two gifted his mother two dogs, Muick and Fergus. When Fergus sadly passed in May 2021, the late monarch was reportedly left ‘devastated’.
On what would have been Prince Philip’s 100th birthday, Prince Andrew is said to have bought his mother another puppy named Sandy to replace Fergus.
The late Queen adored her corgis
Beyond this, new reports have shone a light on the Duchess’ special bond with the 96-year-old’s furry companions. She reportedly sparked a connection with the Queen over dog walking and horse riding and frequently accompanied Her Majesty around Frogmore whilst she walked her corgis.
At the time of her death, the Queen owned two corgis – Muick and Sandy – and one dorgi (a dachshund/corgi crossbreed), named Candy. Other much-loved royal corgis include Susan, Willow, Holly, Vulcan, Dookie, Monty, Honey, Berry, Emma, and Linnet.
Often referred to as ‘her family’, the late Queen’s corgis were a steady source of comfort throughout her reign. Her dresser, Angela Kelly, recently revealed they proved a “constant joy” for the monarch and “always brought a smile to everyone’s faces”.
During her impressive 70-year-reign, Queen Elizabeth II is thought to have owned more than 30 corgis – and tolerated no less than the royal treatment for them.