Whether or not you’re a fan of the British monarchy, it’s hard to deny that Queen Elizabeth II loved her pets — and that she was particularly fond of her corgis (according to Newsweek, Queen Elizabeth owned 30 corgis in her lifetime). But, following her death on September 8, where will her last two corgis go?
According to PEOPLE, the late Queen’s two corgis have found their new home with the Duke and Duchess of York (AKA Prince Andrew and Sarah “Fergie” Ferguson).
“The corgis will return to live at Royal Lodge with the Duke and Duchess. It was the Duchess who found the puppies, which were gifted to Her Majesty by the Duke,” an insider source reportedly claims.
While you may be wondering how this would work, since Prince Andrew and Fergie divorced in 1996, it seems that the pair still live together at their family home, Royal Lodge.
The pups living with Fergie makes sense as, according to the source, the Duchess previously “bonded with Her Majesty over dog-walking and riding horses and even after her divorce, she would continue her great friendship with Her Majesty, by walking the dogs in Frogmore and chatting.”
How will the corgis adjust to their new home? According to Prince William, they are already doing fine. As Page Six reported on September 18, the Prince of Wales offered reassuring comments regarding the corgis in response to a query from a mourner who was waiting outside Westminster Hall to pay respects to Queen Elizabeth II on Saturday.
When asked about the corgis, Prince William responded that he “saw them the other day,” adding that “they’re being looked after fine. They’re two very friendly corgis. They’ve got a good home, they’re being looked after very well.”
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The queen owned the two Pembroke Welsh corgis (Muick and Sandy) at the time of her death, according to E! News. She was also the pet parent to a dorgi named Candy and a cocker spaniel, Lissy, at the time of her death, though it’s unclear where Candy and Lissy will call home as of yet.
The pet placement at Prince Andrew’s home, however, comes with controversy, as the Queen’s son has been under scrutiny in recent years for multiple scandals, lawsuits and his ties to Jeffrey Epstein (earlier this year, the Queen stripped Prince Andrew of his military titles and patronages, according to PEOPLE).