Prince Andrew and Princess Beatrice to ‘take back corgis’ following Queen Elizabeth II’s death

The two dogs, named Muick and Sandy, were given to Queen Elizabeth II by the pair

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Prince Andrew and Princess Beatrice are reportedly set to take back two corgis following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

The two dogs, named Muick and Sandy, were given to Queen Elizabeth II by the pair.

Muick was reportedly given to keep her company when Philip was in hospital, while Sandy was given in June to mark the Duke of Edinburgh’s 100th birthday.

Queen Elizabeth II had resisted taking on new dogs in recent years because she did not want to leave any behind when she died.

Queen Elizabeth II was known for her love of corgis
Queen Elizabeth II was known for her love of corgis
Prince Andrew
Prince Andrew

But she eventually accepted the puppies with the intention of them being returned to Andrew and Beatrice.

Andrew and Beatrice are said to have been taking the two dogs for walks in recent months, reports the Daily Mail.

The late monarch was known for her love of the breed, owning more than 30 corgis and dorgis – a corgi-dachshund cross – during her reign.

Earlier in the year her fondness for the dogs was celebrated during Platinum Jubilee events, with a gathering of 70 corgis at Balmoral and a “corgi derby” at Musselburgh racecourse.

Kay Hogg, secretary of the Welsh Corgi League Scottish sector, said the corgi community was saddened at Queen Elizabeth II’s death.

She 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.”

She described corgis as “small dogs with big personalities”, and said: “They are little characters, they like to play, and they are energetic, feisty little dogs.”

More than 70 corgis gathered on the lawn at Balmoral Castle in June as part of celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee.

Organised by the Corgi Society of Scotland and the UK Corgi Club, the event brought together dozens of Cardigan Welsh and Pembroke Welsh corgis.