What will happen to the Queen’s beloved dogs? – American Kennel Club
Queen Elizabeth II was an animal lover ever since she received her first Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Susan, as a gift on her 18th birthday in 1944. The Queen had more than 30 Pems in her lifetime, but she stopped to breed in 2015 to leave no young dogs behind after his death.
“This dedicated breeder and owner has been the Kennel Club’s patron for 70 years,” says Dennis Sprung, CEO of the American Kennel Club. “Without a doubt, his passion for the breed has resulted in the popularity of responsible owners on both sides of the pond.”
The 96-year-old monarch died on September 8, 2022, and senior members of the royal family rushed to be by her side. She is survived by her four children, eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren as well as her two Pembroke Welsh Corgis named Muick and Sandy, a half-breed named Candy and a Cocker Spaniel named Lissy. Now the lingering question is who will take care of the dogs in his absence.
As for the two Pembrokes, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and his estranged wife, Sarah, Duchess of York, will inherit for the dogs, a spokesperson for the duke told The New York Times on Sunday. The Duke and Duchess were the ones who gave them to the Queen as a gift. Muick and Sandy will live out the rest of their days at Royal Lodge in Windsor, where Prince Andrew still lives with his ex-wife.
‘I saw them the other day,’ Prince Williams told a mourner while strolling London’s Lambeth Bridge in video captured and shared via Sky News. “They are going to be well cared for. They are two very friendly corgis and they have a good home.
The two Pems were also spotted during the Queen’s funeral procession on September 19, 2022, in the quadrangle of Windsor Castle. They were picked up by two staff members as the funeral procession arrived.
However, there has been no announcement yet on who will handle the Queen and Cocker Spaniel crossbreed.
Elizabeth II was very involved in the feeding and care of her dogs and walked them regularly with the help of groomers. Dogs were even known to be fed from silver and porcelain bowls! The dogs were also cared for by the Queen’s staff, who will likely continue to do so for the rest of their lives.
“The care of the dogs has sometimes been entrusted to footmen, but especially to the seamstress, assistant and trusted right hand of the Queen, Angela Kelly; and to his equally reliable page of many years, Paul Whybrew, who was seen walking with the Queen and the Hounds in the James Bond parody,” author Penny Junor wrote in her 2018 book, All the Queen’s Corgis.
Regardless of who takes care of her remaining dogs, it is hoped that her legacy as an animal lover and one of Pembroke Welsh Corgi’s dedicated breeders and ambassadors will continue.
“I am confident that Her Majesty has made arrangements for the care and well-being of her beloved Pembrokes with her family,” Sprung said.