Queen Elizabeth is “missed” by her corgis.
The late monarch – who passed away at the age of 96 on September 8 after a record-breaking reign of 70 years – bred 10 generations of the dog breed from being given a Pembroke Corgi named Susan at the age of 18.
Now former trainer Dr. Roger Mugford has explained that the surviving pair, named Sandy and Muick, will be aware of her death as they go into the full-time care of her second son.
He said: “Dogs are very perceptive of changes in their owners. I’m sure they knew that Her Majesty was in decline and they will have missed her.”
“Doubt there will be serious changes in the grief, because they were so used to being cared for by other members of the household and, of course, by Prince Andrew, who was present at the death and is taking over their care now.”
Dr Mugford went on to add that it was “so lovely” that Sandy and Muick – who waited outside Windsor Castle on the day of the Queen’s funeral as the procession took place – were with Her Majesty in the last few years of her life and speculated that she would have found a “great comfort” in them.
He told ETOnline: “It was so lovely that, in her last couple of years, she had two little corgis and other dogs around her.”
“Because there’s no doubt that any of us, at any stage in our life, but particularly when our life feels like it’s declining and stressful… to be able to reach and stroke and be loved by an uncritical admirer, which is a dog, is a great comfort.”
The Queen’s corgis and one of her favourite ponies played a poignant role in the final farewell to their devoted owner.
The neatly groomed young dogs, one on a red lead and one on a blue one, were brought into the Windsor Castle quadrangle for the arrival of the Queen’s coffin ahead of her committal service in St George’s Chapel.
Emma the Fell Pony, owned by the Queen for 26 years, was stood on the grass at the side of the Long Walk, on the approach to the castle.
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