Queen Elizabeth passed away at age 96 and left behind a decades-long legacy as Britain's longest-reining monarch. She is survived by her four children, eight grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. She also leaves behind her beloved four-legged friends. As she famously said, "My corgis are family."
The Queen had four dogs at the time of her death: two Pembroke Welsh Corgis named Sandy and Muick, a Dorgi (Corgi-Dachshund mix), and a Cocker Spaniel named Lissy. Lissy joined the family in January 2022.
The Queen had more than 30 dogs during her reign, descended from the first one named Susan, whom she received as a gift for her 18th birthday. According to Reader's Digest, the Queen preferred corgis to other breeds because of their "energy and untamed spirit."
She took a hands-on approach to their feeding and care and took them for regular walks. She reportedly decided to stop breeding corgis in 2015 so that none would be left behind when she died, but she received two as gifts from her son Andrew after her husband Prince Philip passed away. She's also credited with creating the Dorgi after breeding one of her dogs with Princess Margaret's daschund Pipkin.
According to CNN, a source close to the royal family confirmed that the corgis will be adopted by the Duke and Duchess of York, Andrew and Sarah. Although the couple divorced in 1996, they both live at the Royal Lodge on the Windsor estate. It's unclear if the dorgi and cocker spaniel will join them.
Prince William met with mourners waiting in line to pay their respects at Westminster. According to TODAY, when asked about the corgis, he told a woman, "They’ll be looked after very well. Spoiled rotten, I’m sure."
The Royal Family has not made an official statement on what will happen to Queen Elizabeth's dogs, but it's safe to assume they will be in good hands.
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