Nicola Sturgeon recalls time her husband saved one of Queen Elizabeth II's corgis from being electrocuted

Ms Sturgeon told of how Peter Murrell stopped the dog, named Sandy, from chewing through a lamp switch at Balmoral

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has told how her husband saved one of Queen Elizabeth II's corgis from being electrocuted.

Speaking as she moved a motion of condolence in honour of the late monarch at Scottish Parliament, Ms Sturgeon told of how Peter Murrell stopped the dog, a puppy named Sandy, from chewing through a lamp switch after a light began to flicker at Balmoral.

“To my great alarm, he was, after all, in the presence of Her Majesty, my husband suddenly leapt up and darted across the floor,” the First Minister said.

“Peter had spotted the cause of the flickering light.

Nicola Sturgeon
Nicola Sturgeon
Queen Elizabeth II was a huge fan of corgis
Queen Elizabeth II was a huge fan of corgis

“One of the Queen’s young Corgis, a beautiful pup called Sandy, was eating through a lamp switch.

“Thankfully, tragedy was averted and Sandy emerged unscathed, though not before a ticking off from his mistress.”

Earlier on Monday, Ms Sturgeon read the first lesson of Ecclesiastes 3: 1–15 during a service of thanksgiving for Queen Elizabeth II.

Before the service, King Charles III led a procession to Edinburgh’s St Giles’ Cathedral behind Queen Elizabeth II's coffin which was draped with Royal Standard in Scotland and dressed with a wreath of flowers.

Thousands lined the streets and applauded as Queen Elizabeth II was taken from the Palace of Holyroodhouse to the cathedral where her family, and a congregation drawn from all areas of Scottish society, attended a service of thanksgiving for her life.

The coffin arrived at St Giles’ Cathedral, with the service attended by the King and the Queen Consort, Princess Royal, Duke of York and the Earl and Countess of Wessex.