How many dogs did the Queen have?
Queen Elizabeth II leaves behind four dogs – two corgis, one dorgi and a cocker spaniel. The two corgis are named Sandy and Muick, whilst her remaining dorgi Candy is the eldest canine, who is believed to have been around for at least 10 years.
The Queen herself was credited with creating the dorgi – a dachshund-corgi mix. This hybrid coming about when one of Elizabeths corgis mated with her sister Princess Margarets dachsund Pipkin.
Candy was one of four who posed with the Queen for a series of special portraits marking her 90th birthday in 2016 – along with Willow, Holly and beloved dog Vulcan (opens in new tab) who have all sadly passed away since.
Meanwhile, the Queens two remaining corgis became official residents of Buckingham Palace in 2021. Whilst new addition Lissy was welcomed into the family just this year.
Did Queen Elizabeth II still have corgis when she passed away?
Elizabeths affinity for dogs can be traced back to her 18th birthday, when she was first given a corgi named Susan, from whom all the corgis bred by the queen are descended.
She leaves behind at least four dogs — two corgis, one cocker spaniel and one dorgi (a dachshund corgi hybrid that the Queen is credited in originating). Their names are Muick, Sandy, Lissy and Candy, respectively.
Over the decades, the queens canine companions were often seen close by their owner wherever she went. In 2014, they helped comfort Dr. David Nott, a surgeon who had just returned from Syria, during a PTSD attack.
In 2015, Elizabeth decided she would stop bringing new dogs under her care out of fear of leaving any puppies behind, Monty Roberts, a royal horse whisperer told Vanity Fair. But after her husband Prince Philips death in 2021, Elizabeth had a change of heart.
After her passing, Annie Leibovitz who photographed the queen with her pets in 2016, wrote on Twitter, “The Queen went out walking with her dogs every day… The Queen grew up with corgis, fearless little dogs bred for herding cattle. Her father brought a corgi home when she was seven, and she was not without one— for decades afterward.”
What Will Happen to Queen Elizabeth II’s Royal Pups?
Queen Elizabeth passed away at age 96 and left behind a decades-long legacy as Britains longest-reining monarch. She is survived by her four children, eight grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. She also leaves behind her beloved four-legged friends. As she famously said, “My corgis are family.”
The Queen had four dogs at the time of her death: two Pembroke Welsh Corgis named Sandy and Muick, a Dorgi (Corgi-Dachshund mix), and a Cocker Spaniel named Lissy. Lissy joined the family in January 2022.
The Queen had more than 30 dogs during her reign, descended from the first one named Susan, whom she received as a gift for her 18th birthday. According to Readers Digest, the Queen preferred corgis to other breeds because of their “energy and untamed spirit.”
She took a hands-on approach to their feeding and care and took them for regular walks. She reportedly decided to stop breeding corgis in 2015 so that none would be left behind when she died, but she received two as gifts from her son Andrew after her husband Prince Philip passed away. Shes also credited with creating the Dorgi after breeding one of her dogs with Princess Margarets daschund Pipkin.
According to CNN, a source close to the royal family confirmed that the corgis will be adopted by the Duke and Duchess of York, Andrew and Sarah. Although the couple divorced in 1996, they both live at the Royal Lodge on the Windsor estate. Its unclear if the dorgi and cocker spaniel will join them.
Prince William met with mourners waiting in line to pay their respects at Westminster. According to TODAY, when asked about the corgis, he told a woman, “They’ll be looked after very well. Spoiled rotten, I’m sure.” Sky News says Prince William saw the dogs recently. He said, “I saw them the other day. They’re going to be looked after fine. They’re two very friendly corgis and they’ve got a good home.”
The Royal Family has not made an official statement on what will happen to Queen Elizabeths dogs, but its safe to assume they will be in good hands.This content is imported from OpenWeb. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.