A lifelong love affair with the adorable pooches began in 1933 when Elizabeth’s father brought home a puppy named Dookie.
That affection was cemented on her 18th birthday after her parents gifted Elizabeth a sweet dog of her own called Susan. So beloved was Susan, that the royal even smuggled the pooch on her honeymoon by hiding her underneath a blanket in the carriage.
Over six decades, Her Majesty bred 14 generations of puppies descended from her “faithful companion”. She kept more than 30 for herself and gave others away to close friends and family. The Queen decided to discontinue breeding them in her later years over fear of some outliving her. The last of the line, Willow, passed away in 2018.
“She loves animals and she absolutely adores dogs,” says royal expert Ingrid Seward. “They were her first love and they will be her last.”
The adored pets, who had two full-time footmen assigned to look after them and had their meals prepared by professional chefs, caused havoc around the palaces, with staff constantly tripping over them and the occasional policeman being bitten.
At the time of her death, the Queen had four dogs, Candy, a 13-year-old corgi-dachshund mix, a cocker spaniel named Lissy, and two young corgis – Muick and Sandy. Muick was a present from Prince Andrew and his daughters when Prince Philip was in hospital, shortly before his death.
After her passing, the question on everyone’s lips was what would be happening to the remaining dogs?
Sandy and Muick remained much-loved members of the family, going back into the care of the Duke of York and his former wife Sarah Ferguson.
“The corgis will return to live at Royal Lodge with the Duke and Duchess,” said a royal source at the time of the Queen's passing.
“It was the Duchess who found the puppies, which were gifted to Her Majesty.”
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Before their rehoming, Prince William met with mourners waiting in line to pay their respects at Westminster to his grandmother, where he made a rare comment about his furry family members.
"They'll be looked after very well. Spoiled rotten, I'm sure," TODAY reported at the time.
"They're two very friendly corgis and they've got a good home."
In a sweet update shared to her Instagram page in December 2023, the Duchess of York revealed that Muick and Sandy were happy, healthy, and "always begging from treats."