Queen Elizabeth: How are the late monarch's dogs doing? Sarah Ferguson gives an update

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The late Queen's beloved corgis, Sandy and Muick, were adopted by Sarah Ferguson following her death in September 2022.

Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch in British history, was not only revered for her unwavering dedication to her royal duties but also cherished for her deep love for animals, particularly the iconic corgis. Her affection for these loyal companions became a hallmark of her reign, spanning over seven decades.

The Queen's royal companions

Queen Elizabeth II's love affair with corgis began in 1933 when her parents introduced the royal family's first corgi, Dookie. However, it was in 1944, on her 18th birthday, that her father gifted her a corgi named Susan, marking the official beginning of the royal corgi legacy. Susan accompanied the Queen on her honeymoon and eventually became the matriarch of a distinguished line that continued for at least 14 generations.

Queen Elizabeth's corgis update from Sarah Ferguson Hulton Archives

Over the years, the Queen owned more than 30 corgis, each with its unique name and personality. Known for their energy and untamed spirit, corgis held a special place in the Queen's heart, providing her not only with companionship but also serving as a means of connecting with people on a personal level.

The unbreakable bond between Queen Elizabeth and her corgis was a defining feature of her reign. At one point, she had as many as nine corgis simultaneously, and they were known to have their own room in Buckingham Palace. The Queen's corgis received gourmet meals prepared by a personal chef, and their presence allowed her to engage in conversations with strangers, forging connections through a shared love for these adorable pets.

Throughout the years, the Queen's corgis were the subject of numerous heartwarming stories. From daily walks to impromptu appearances at royal events, the corgis became an integral part of the Queen's public image. Notably, the last surviving member of the royal corgi family, Willow, passed away in April 2018. After Willow's demise, Muick and Sandy, along with a cocker spaniel named Lissy and a dorgi named Candy, continued to bring joy to the Queen's final years.

Update on Muick and Sandy

Following Queen Elizabeth's passing in September 2022, the responsibility of caring for Muick and Sandy fell to Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, and her ex-husband Prince Andrew. The transition of the corgis to the Royal Lodge wasn't without its challenges, with Muick taking approximately a year to adjust to the change and overcome feelings akin to grief.

Queen Elizabeth's corgis update from Sarah Ferguson matt jelonek

As of the lead-up to Christmas 2023, Muick and Sandy continue to thrive in their new home. Sarah Ferguson, sharing a festive update, posted a photo of the two corgis eagerly awaiting treats, capturing the spirit of the season.

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