The Queen's friendly smile always got a bit brighter when she was in the company of four-legged friends. Above all, corgis and horses were her passion. But who will take care of her loved ones after her death on September 8th?
When we think of the Queen, we automatically think of her beloved corgis. The dogs, notorious for their stubbornness, accompanied Elizabeth II throughout her life. Even as a little girl she played with the robust four-legged friends.
During the 70 years of her reign, countless snapshots were taken of the Queen posing with her dogs. The Queen is said to have owned 30 corgis. The pack were even allowed to smuggle themselves onto official family photos.
The fact that the little rascals showed their teeth from time to time and even bit their royal mistress was apparently always accepted by the queen. Although she even had to have stitches because of a dog bite, that didn't detract from her love for her furry friends.
Because his mother was always so happy around dogs, Prince Andrew gave her two after Prince Philip's death in April 2021 Dorg -Puppies to cheer them up a bit. Fergus and Muick were a mix of dachshund and corgi. The Queen is said to have been heartbroken when one of the little dogs died shortly afterwards. In 2020, Elizabeth II had already had to say goodbye to her favorite dog, Vulcan.
Still in her 90s, the Queen insisted on walking her four remaining dogs, Candy and Muick, a Corgi-Dachshund crossbreed named Sandy, and their newest addition, Lissy, a Cocker Spaniel. In the end, however, she is said to have been too weak for that.
Her heart belongs above all to dogs and horses. However, the horses were not allowed to be blue, as ex-Federal President Joachim Gauck found out firsthand. In the video we show why his guest gift was only half well received by the Queen a few years ago and how exuberant the Queen was when one of her horses won the race.
The future of the royal canine dynasty is still unclear, but royal biographer Ingrid Seward believes the dogs will remain with Prince Andrew. She told Newsweek, 'I imagine the family will take care of the dogs, probably Andrew because he gave them to her.'
Meanwhile, All The Queen's Corgis author Penny Junor suspects the dogs could be cared for by the Queen's staff. She has two people in particular in mind: Angela Kelly, the Queen's trusted seamstress, assistant and right-hand man . Or the page Paul Whybrew, who walked with the Queen and the dogs in the James Bond parody. Both are said to love the royal dogs.
Just as the Queen loved her. “She loves animals and adores dogs more than anything. It's always been like that, they were her first love and will be her last,' wrote Ingrid Seward before the Queen's death in one of her books about Elizabeth II. She was right.
Her heart belongs not only to dogs, but also to horses. However, the horses were not allowed to be blue, as ex-Federal President Joachim Gauck found out firsthand. In the video above, we show why his guest gift was only semi-well received by the Queen a few years ago and how exuberant the Queen was when one of her horses won the race. (csp)