Queen Elizabeth is “missed” by her corgis.
The late monarch – who died on September 8 at the age of 96 after a record-breaking reign of 70 years – bred 10 generations of the dog breed, starting with a Pembroke Corgi named Susan she was given 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.”
Mugford said 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 in the last few years of her life, and that she must have found “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.”