Just a few weeks before Prince Philip passed away, the Queen was given two new puppies by her favorite son, Prince Andrew. Andrew lives at Royal Lodge, an absolutely enormous mansion on the Windsor Castle complex. Ever since Andrew stepped down from royal work, he’s spent a lot of time with his mummy in Windsor, and he’s one of royal relations who checks in on the widowed Queen a lot. Andrew unilaterally decided that his mum needed cheering up before and after Philip’s death, and so he got her two dorgi (dachshund-corgi) puppies. Unfortunately, one of the puppies died suddenly one month later. So… Andrew just got her another puppy.
A new corgi puppy has helped to put a smile back on the Queen’s face. The pet was given to Her Majesty, 95, to mark her official birthday yesterday. Prince Andrew and his daughters Beatrice and Eugenie got her the six- week-old male — whose name is not yet known. The pup was given to her on Thursday, on what would have been Prince Philip’s 100th birthday.
And he has cheered the Queen, who lost her husband in April and then her beloved dorgi Fergus last month. Fergus — a cross between a corgi and a dachshund — died suddenly aged five months. Andrew, 61, Beatrice, 32 and Eugenie, 31, bought Fergus and corgi pup Muick for the Queen while Philip was in hospital. Muick — named after a beauty spot at Balmoral, Scotland — is constantly at the Queen’s side with an older dog Candy.
A Windsor Castle insider last night said: “The Queen has had a rough time and she is absolutely delighted to have a new corgi. She was distraught when Fergus died suddenly, but this new dog will be perfect company for Muick going forward.”
I do think the Queen probably enjoys having the puppies around, but lord, that’s a lot for the Queen and her staff. Having just one puppy can be difficult, but now she’s back to having two? Still, it feels like Andrew, Bea and Eugenie are just trying to cheer up the Queen and maybe that’s okay. I wonder if Andrew is prepared to care for the dogs if his mum passes away in the next few years. Maybe Beatrice would take them, or Eugenie and Jack.
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