In Memory of Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II, the UK's longest-serving monarch, has died at Balmoral aged 96, after reigning for 70 years. She died peacefully on Thursday afternoon at her Scottish estate, where she had spent much of the summer.

I guess many of us feel like Simon Parsons on Facebook 09.09.2022:
"I suspect that I'm not alone this morning in feeling somewhat lost and confused. Let's be honest - for the vast majority of us the Queen's role in our lives was pretty much a ceremonial one without any direct impact on our circumstances, but she has, for anyone of my generation or younger, quite simply always been there."

Up until now the fate of the beloved corgis had remained a mystery, although many predicted Prince Andrew, often referred to as the Queen's 'favourite' son, and his daughter Princess Beatrice would look after the pets.

According to MailOnline (12.09.2022), it has now been confirmed that the late Queen's corgis, Muick and Sandy, will be adopted by the Duke of York, Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson and will live at the Royal Lodge in Windsor where the divorced couple resides. It is, however, still unknown what will happen to the late monarch's other dogs.

Muick and Sandy were gifted to the late Queen by Prince Andrew and his daughters, princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, last year (2021) following the death of Prince Philip.
Muick, pronounced Mick, joined the royal family along with a so-called 'dorgi', a cross between a corgi and a dachshund, called Fergus.
Muick had been named after Loch Muick on the Balmoral Estate, where the Queen died on 8 September. Fergus had been named after the Monarch's uncle who was killed during battle in the First World War.
Fergus died after just five months and was later replaced with a new corgi called Sandy, as a 95th birthday present from Prince Andrew and his daughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.

Speaking at the time of the new corgi arrivals, the Queen's dresser Angela Kelly, said: 'I was worried they would get under the Queen's feet, but they have turned out to be a godsend. They are beautiful and great fun and the Queen often takes long walks with them in Home Park.'


The Queen's final heartbreak before her death was the news that her beloved dorgi Candy had died after 18 years of being by her side. The loss of the dachshund-corgi cross breed was a huge blow to the Queen as Candy had been at her side since 2004.

Another of the Monarch's dogs, Lissy, whose pedigree name is Wolferton Drama, and is the current Kennel Club cocker spaniel gundog champion, has not been decided. The spaniel, who was named after the late Queen, currently lives with her trainer Ian Openshaw. A decision about her future is expected to be made by King Charles in the coming weeks.

Princess Elizabeth with Susan

The late Queen was gifted her first corgi, called Susan, for her 18th birthday from her late father King George VI. Ten generations of her corgis then descended from Susan.

Her dogs were given the Royal treatment having their own rooms with elevated wicker baskets and meals of beef, chick, rabbit, liver, cabbage and rice being prepared by a chef each evening. Sometimes the Queen herself made the dog's meals.
In 1989, it was reported that an animal behaviour expert was called in to cure the corgis from their habit of nipping members of the Royal Family.
Two years later, however, the Queen tried to break up a corgi fight and needed three stitches after being bitten on her left hand. - Please read Confessions of a Royal Corgi