The Queen is said to be falling back on her two new puppies as she grieves the loss of Prince Philip.
Prince Andrew reportedly gifted his mother two new puppies ahead of the death of her beloved husband.
The Queen’s consort of 73 years passed away in the early hours of April 9, just a few months before he was due to celebrate his 100th birthday.
Philip’s funeral was held at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, last Saturday in line with Covid restrictions.
The Queen, dressed in black, was seen sitting alone in the chapel while facing her husband’s coffin.
But it’s believed the corgi-lover has found some solace in her two new puppies after giving them a home while Philip was in hospital earlier this year.
The dogs are a dorgi, which is a dachshund-corgi cross, and a corgi.
Fergus the dorgi, is named after her uncle Fergus Bowes-Lyon, who was killed as he led an attack on the Germans during the First World War, while the corgi is named Muick (pronounced “Mick”) after Loch Muick on the Queen’s Balmoral estate in Scotland.
According to the Sun, Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, decided to get the Queen, 95, two new puppies after his mother previously said she did not plan on having any more pets.
A royal source said: “The Queen did not plan on getting any new dogs as she feared she was getting too old.
“But it was Andrew who surprised his mum with two new puppies when she felt down and alone in the Castle after the Duke was taken to hospital.”
It was reported the Queen had vowed not to get any more dogs after her beloved dorgi Vulcan died last year, leaving just her elderly dorgi called Candy.
A source told the Mail earlier this month : “It’s like the Tower of London not having any ravens. The new puppies are adorable.”
The Queen, who turned 95 on Wednesday, is said to have had at least 30 dogs in her entire life.
Her first corgi, Susan, arrived as a gift for her 18th birthday and the sovereign was so attached to her that she brought the pooch on her honeymoon.
Susan subsequently provided more than 30 descendants but the Queen is thought to have been gifted most if not all of the ones she had.
She did, however, have one of Susan’s puppies, named Whisper. He sadly died in 2018 leaving the Queen corgi-less for the first time in 74 years.
Before her latest pair of pups, Her Majesty’s only remaining dog was Candy the dorgi, following the death of dorgi Vulcan in 2020.
The extent of the Queen’s love for her dogs was underlined a year after Whisper died.
In her book All The Queen’s Corgis, royal expert Penny Junor explains that the lucky dogs are given diets tailored to their specific nutritional requirements.
What is for dinner even changes depending on their current residence, with rabbit and other game on the menu when they’re out on one of The Queen’s estates.
“Otherwise it is a variety of fresh, cooked meat, vegetables and rice, prepared specially for them in the royal kitchens, topped with a little biscuit, homeopathic and herbal remedies when required, and a special gravy that, legend has it, is the Queen’s own recipe,” Junor writes.
“Whenever possible, she feeds them herself and it is an afternoon ritual; but not an unruly frantic free-for-all.
“A footman brings the food and bowls on a silver tray and lays out a plastic sheet to protect the carpet.
When they were still alive the corgis’ international stardom was cemented when they appeared alongside their owner and James Bond for a 2012 Olympics scetch.
They were captured trotting next to 007 and Her Majesty in the halls of Buckingham Palace before the duo jumped out of a helicopter and parachuted down into the Olympic Stadium.