It was quite unusual to get a glimpse of Queen Elizabeth II apart from her corgis. Her late father, King George VI, presented the former queen with her very first corgi in the year 1933. While Elizabeth was just seven years old, she gave the dog the name “Dookie,” which was reputedly the nickname her father was called when he was still known as Prince Albert, Duke of York. After being crowned king in 1937, he officially changed his name to George.
According to Reader’s Digest, throughout the course of her reign, Queen Victoria had more than 30 corgis and was responsible for breeding 14 generations of the breed. Sandy and Muick were the most recent corgis that she had had. They were able to say their last goodbyes to their cherished owner as her casket was carried across the courtyard of Windsor Castle on a gun carriage.
Sandy and Muick were to be presented to Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Sarah, Duchess of York, it was reported not long after she passed away. During the lockdown in 2021, the dogs were originally presented to the queen by the Duke of York, along with her grandchildren Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.
The Duke and Duchess of York have welcomed the queen’s corgis into their home, where they are making themselves at home.
During the latter years of Queen Elizabeth II’s life, Sandy and Muick were two of her most valued friends. Angela Kelly, who is responsible for dressing the Queen, was quoted in The Guardian as saying that she “was scared they might get under the Queen’s feet, but they have turned out to be a lifesaver.” Since the passing of the queen one month ago, her corgis have found a new home with Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Sarah, Duchess of York. They are adjusting well to their new lives.
On October 5, 2022, while speaking at the Henley Literary Festival, Sarah Ferguson referred to both corgis as “national treasures” and said that the queen had “done a good job” of teaching them. At this time, the two canines are residing at Royal Lodge in Windsor with the five Norfolk terriers that belong to the Duke and Duchess of York. “Everything works out in the end, and even if the carpet shifts whenever I walk on it, I’ve gotten accustomed to it by now.”
The dogs were a gift from Prince Andrew to Queen Elizabeth II, who received them originally to assist her in caring for Prince Philip while he was hospitalized (according to Town & Country) and then to aid in the mourning process when he died away. Even though the queen only had possession of them for a brief period of time, Ferguson said that they provided her with “continuous delight.”
The queen was described as a fantastic friend by Sarah Ferguson.
Following Queen Elizabeth II’s passing, her daughter-in-law, Sarah, Duchess of York, paid homage to her on Instagram, stating that she was “heartbroken” at the loss of her mother-in-law and that the queen “leaves behind an exceptional legacy.” Sarah is the Duchess of York. Sarah Ferguson referred to the queen as a “great friend” and “the best ever symbol… legendary, fantastic” when she was speaking at the Henley Literary Festival.
Sarah stated, “The supervisor is one of a kind, and I’ve never met anybody else like her in all my years of working here.” In addition to this, she said that the queen has granted her permission to publish her first romantic book, titled “Her Heart for a Compass,” sometime this year. “I wouldn’t do anything without the boss giving me her approval, and to this day, I still think about it,” she said. “That’s how much I respect her.”
As Sarah has indicated, the queen served as Sarah’s major source of motivation whenever she was developing characters for her stories. “There is no doubt about it, my own mother is really my husband’s mother. I am the most fortunate individual who has ever lived. Without a shadow of a doubt in my mind… she was one of a kind, to say the least.”