Tuesday, 4 Oct 2022

Queen’s loyal corgis Muick and Sandy wait patiently for one last time

Queen's funeral: Queen's coffin departs for Windsor

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The Queen’s beloved corgis waited patiently for their owner one last time this afternoon in heartbreaking scenes. Muick and Sandy were brought out to the quadrangle at Windsor Castle for the procession of the late monarch’s coffin ahead of the committal service at St Georges’s Chapel.

The young corgis, one on a red lead and one of a blue lead, were accompanied by two pages in red tailcoats.

The Queen’s Fell Pony, Emma, also greeted the procession on the grass along the Long Walk.

The moment echoed when Prince Philip’s carriage ponies played a part at his funeral last year as they stood in the Quadrangle of Windsor Castle as his coffin was carried past on a Land Rover in a procession.

The Queen was known for her love of dogs and horses, and continued riding into her 90s.

Muick and Sandy were a gift to the Queen from her son Prince Andrew last year and are said to have brought her “constant joy”.

Speculation was high over what would happen to Her Majesty’s beloved corgis following her death.

But it has since been confirmed they will be cared for by the Duke and Duchess of York. Andrew and Sarah continue to live together at Royal Lodge in Windsor despite their divorce in 1996.

A source said: “The corgis will return to live at Royal Lodge with the Duke and Duchess.

“It was the Duchess who found the puppies which were gifted to Her Majesty by the Duke.

“The Duchess bonded with Her Majesty over dog walking and riding horses, and even after her divorce, she would continue her great friendship with Her Majesty, by walking the dogs in Frogmore and chatting.”

The Queen also had a dorgi – a corgi cross dachshund – named Candy who she was pictured with earlier this year.

But Candy reportedly died during the summer at Balmoral after 18 years at the monarch’s side.

The Queen had a lifelong love of corgis and owned over 30 during her long reign.

Many of her dogs were descended from her first corgi, Susan, who was a present for her 18 birthday in 1944.

She looked after her own dogs as much as possible despite her busy schedule and enjoyed walking them until recently.

The corgi community was left devastated by the Queen’s death on September 8.

Kay Hogg, secretary of the Welsh Corgi League Scottish sector, said: “We are very, very sad. Everywhere the Queen went there were always corgis.

“She grew up with corgis and everybody associated corgis with the Queen.

“We feel as though, although there is a corgi league and a society, we’ve actually lost part of our world.

“She did so much for the breed, always had corgis by her side all her life.”

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