Prince William knows his grandmother’s corpse is in good hands.
During a surprise visit on Saturday for mourners waiting in line to see the monarch’s coffin in state, Prince William spoke with a fan who has questions about the late Queen Elizabeth II’s famous dogs Were.
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The 40-year-old Prince of Wales hastened to reassure the woman that they are in excellent care, even taking her hand in both of his own, as he told her the good news in a video captured by Sky News. was given.
“I saw him the other day, which made me very sad,” he said. “They will be well taken care of.”
“They’re two very friendly corgis, so they’ve got a good home,” Prince William continued. “They will be very well taken care of. Bad rotten, I’m sure.”
An ardent dog lover, Queen was a dog mother to over 30 corgis and Dachshund-Corgi mixes, known as “dorgis,” in her lifetime.
The corpses were beloved inside and outside the palace walls. Their likeness can be found in art paying homage to the Queen, and events honoring Queen Elizabeth II naturally celebrate the breed as well. In 2002, for the monarch’s golden jubilee (the 50th anniversary of her accession to the throne), the United Kingdom issued a new coinage depicting the Queen with a corgi.
Monarch chose to stop taking corgis in mid-2010 because, according to WireWhen she died she didn’t want to leave any dog behind.
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However, in 2021, she welcomed new additions to the royal Corgi pack. After receiving two puppies in March 2021, not long before Prince Philip died – and just weeks after suffering the loss of a dog – Prince Andrew gifted his mother with a new puppy, Philip would have a 100th birthday, a full circle moment from Elizabeth. When she was just 7 years old, she was gifted a Corgi for the first time.
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A source previously confirmed to PEOPLE that the late monarch’s two dogs are now with the Duke and Duchess of York – Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson (aka Fergie).
“The Corgis will return to live with the Duke and Duchess at the Royal Lodge. It was the Duchess who found the puppies, which were gifted to Her Majesty by the Duke,” the insider said.
Despite their divorce in 1996, Fergie and Andrew, both 62, remain on friendly terms and still live together at their family home, the Royal Lodge in Windsor.
The source added that Fergie had previously “bonded with Her Majesty over dog walking and riding horses and that even after the divorce, she would continue her great friendship with Her Majesty, walking the dogs and chatting at Frogmore.”
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Buckingham Palace announced the death of Queen Elizabeth on 8 September. After her 70 years of rule, she was the longest-reigning British monarch.
News of Queen Elizabeth’s death comes with another history-making moment: She is immediately succeeded by her eldest son, Prince Charles, 73, who will now be monarch.
Charles’ first son, Prince William, 40, is now in line for the world’s most famous throne, followed by his first son, Prince George, 9.