Sarah Ferguson gives update on corgis she inherited from the Queen

Sarah Ferguson says the late Queen’s beloved corgis Muick and Sandy are ‘national treasures’ who have ‘been taught well’ – after she and Prince Andrew inherited the dogs following the monarch’s death

  • Sarah Ferguson, 61, gave update on the two corgis she inherited from the Queen
  • Speaking at Henley Literary Festival, she described dogs as ‘national treasures’ 
  • She and Prince Andrew, 62, look after dogs Muick and Sandy at Royal Lodge 
  • Corgis were seen publicly in September during Queen’s coffin procession

Sarah Ferguson has given an update on the two corgis she adopted following the death of the Queen last month.

The Duchess of York, 61, now cares for the two dogs, Muick and Sandy, with her ex-husband Prince Andrew, 62, at their Royal Lodge home near Windsor Castle.

Speaking at the recent Henley Literary Festival, the royal described taking care of the animals as a ‘big honour’, according to the Telegraph.

She added that Muick and Sandy are ‘national treasures’, noting that they have been well-trained, describing them as having been ‘taught well’.

As Sarah and Andrew already shared five Norfolk terriers, the two corgis have had to integrate with them. 

Sarah Ferguson (pictured at the Queen’s funeral on September 19) has given an update on the two corgis she has been looking after following the death of the monarch

The two corgis, Sandy and Muick (pictured) touched people’s hearts when they were spotted outside Windsor Castle waiting for the processional of the Queen’s coffin following her Westminster Abbey funeral

According to the Duchess: ‘They all balance out, the carpet moves as I move but I’ve got used to it now.’ 

The dogs were a gift to the Queen from Andrew and his daughters Princess Beatrice and Eugenie following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh. 

It was believed the pair had been walking the dogs in the months leading to the Queen’s death.

The late Her Majesty the Queen owned more than 30 of the sandy, short-legged dogs throughout her reign, however, had resisted taking on any new dogs in recent years not wanting to leave the dogs behind after her death.

Her Majesty’s love of corgis was well-known, and after she was gifted one of the dogs for her 18th birthday, she kept the breed for the rest of her life

 She was gifted her first corgi, called Susan, for her 18th birthday from her late father King George VI. Ten generations of her corgis then descended from Susan. 

Her dogs were given the Royal treatment having their own rooms with elevated wicker baskets and meals of beef, chick, rabbit, liver, cabbage and rice being prepared by a chef each evening. 

Sometimes the Queen herself made the dog’s meals. But her late husband was said to have ‘loathed’ the dogs’ yapping. 

Muick, pronounced Mick, joined the royal family at the start of 2021 along with a so-called ‘dorgi’, a cross between a corgi and a dachshund, called Fergus.

Muick and Sandy will soon be settling into their new home at Royal Lodge (pictured) in Windsor with the Duke and Duchess of York 

Muick had been named after Loch Muick on the Balmoral Estate, where the Queen died on Thursday. Fergus had been named after the Monarch’s uncle who was killed during battle in the First World War.

Fergus died after just five months and was later replaced with a new corgi called Sandy, as a 95th birthday present from Prince Andrew and his daughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.

Speaking at the time of the new corgi arrivals, the Queen’s dresser Angela Kelly, said: ‘I was worried they would get under the Queen’s feet, but they have turned out to be a godsend.

‘They are beautiful and great fun and the Queen often takes long walks with them in Home Park.’

Behaviour expert Dr Roger Mugford, who helped the Queen manage her pack of corgis over the years, recently said that the animals were ‘psychologically so important’ for the Queen’s happiness.

The Duchess described the two dogs (pictured here waiting outside Windsor Castle for the Queen’s processional on September 19) as ‘national treasures’ 

The two corgis now live with Prince Andrew (pictured) as well as his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson at Royal Lodge in Windsor 

Palace sources speaking to the Daily Mail previously revealed the beloved corgis were ‘with [the Queen] in the room’ at her deathbed when she died on September 8 at Balmoral.

They then touched people’s hearts when they made a poignant appearance at Her Majesty’s funeral on September 19.

As the late monarch’s coffin made its way from London to its final resting place in Windsor, Muick and Sandy waited for the processional to pass, to see the Queen for one last time. 

The dogs were seen waiting in the quadrangle with two aides before the late monarch was laid to rest in St George’s Chapel. 

The Queen’s unwavering love for her Corgis 

The late Queen Elizabeth II being greeted by corgi enthusiasts in Edmonton, Canada in 2005. The Queen had 30 corgis throughout her long 70-year reign

Throughout an historic reign that spanned decades, one constant in the Queen’s life was her unwavering love for her corgis, so much so the pets have become a symbol of British royalty around the world.

The Queen’s love of corgis stretches back to her childhood, when her father King George VI bought Princess Elizabeth and her younger sister Princess Margaret a Pembrokeshire Welsh corgi when she was seven.  

King George brought one named Dookie home for her and Princess Margaret, after they played and fell in love with Viscount Weymouth’s own corgi. 

The King and Queen Mother tried to breed Dookie, and a few years later he had two puppies with another mate, who were named Crackers and Carol.

Susan arrived in 1944 for the Queen’s 18th birthday, and they quickly became inseparable. 

The Queen loved Susan so much that she joined the Monarch and Prince Philip on honeymoon in 1947. 

When the Queen gave birth to Prince Charles, newspaper columns were full of advice on how she could prevent Susan from becoming jealous of the infant prince.

Susan soon began her own corgi dynasty, with Sugar, who was Prince Charles’ and Honey, who went to the Queen Mother. 

The Queen’s love of the breed quickly became one of the things she was most known for around the world. 

Her Majesty owned more than 30 dogs throughout the years. Throughout her reign, she was photographed with the animals wherever she went. 

The faithful pets would come with her on her royal tours, with royal aides attending to their every need and carrying them in and out of aeroplanes. 

Her love of corgis was so well-known even the Royal Collection began to sell corgi-shaped Christmas ornaments, acknowledging her fondness for the breed.   

Queen Elizabeth II also owned several dorgis throughout her life, which are a cross between a Dachshund and a Corgi.

Her beloved pet Vulcan, who  died in 2020, was a dorgi. 

The Monarch’s beloved corgis lived a life of luxury that few pets can pretend knowing. 

When at Buckingham Palace, the dogs slept in raised wicker baskets in a special boot room near the royal apartments, where they wander freely. 

Royal biographer Brian Hoey claimed in 2013 that the dogs ate at 5pm sharp every day at Buckingham Palace, in his book Pets by Royal Appointment. 

It was reported that the pups were fed a luxury diet of fillet steak and chicken breast cooked by a chef. 

The carefully prepared meals were then delivered by a footman and covered with gravy which was poured by the monarch herself.

The dogs never ate tinned food and were even given homeopathic remedies when they were ill, Hoey said. 

Mr Hoey said The Queen had a very hands-on approach in all aspects of her dogs’ lives. As a child she and Princess Margaret would feed their pet Corgi by hand from a bowl, he said.

She had also apparently joked that when breeding the dogs with Dachshunds she gave them a hand by ‘putting them on a brick’ as they have shorter legs.

The Royal family is well known for a fondness for dogs, but Mr Hoey claimed the Duke of Edinburgh ‘loathed’ corgis ‘because they yap too much’. He preferred labradors. 

In 2018, Richard Kay revealed that each of the Queen’s Corgis were buried on her royal estate. 

The actual burial was performed by Her Majesty’s head gardener, while she oversaw the sad moment.   

Each of her beloved pups also received a headstone to commemorate their life as a loyal royal companion.  

‘On it are engraved the dog’s dates of birth and death along with the moving epitaph: ‘For almost 15 years the faithful companion of the Queen,’ Kay said. 

He added that the pups were all buried on the estate where they died, and their final resting places were quiet spots that were special to the Queen. 

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