Prince William gives update on the Queen’s beloved corgis

While greeting British subjects during a surprise visit to the queue of people waiting to pay their respects at Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin in Westminster, Prince William reassured a woman that the late Queen’s corgis were between good hands.

In video captured by Sky News, William held hands with a blonde woman who inquired about the welfare of the dogs.

“I saw them the other day, it made me quite sad,” he said. “They will take good care of them. »

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Prince William, Prince of Wales, meets members of the public in the queue as they wait to see Queen Elizabeth II lying in state ahead of her funeral on Monday September 17, 2022.Piscine WPA / Getty Images

He added that they are “two very friendly corgis” and have a “good home”.

“They will be very well cared for. Spoiled rotten, I’m sure,” he said in the clip.

TODAY previously reported that the Queen left behind four dogs at the time of her death – a corgi/dashchund mix named Candy, two corgis and a cocker spaniel.

On Sunday September 11, a source close to Prince Andrew, the Queen’s third child, confirmed that the two corgis would be moving to his Windsor home. It is still unclear what will happen to the other two dogs.

The Queen reportedly stopped taking dogs in the mid-2010s because she didn’t want to die and leave young dogs behind. However, she has received a few dogs over the years, including one from Andrew. According to the source, Andrew’s ex-wife, Sarah, Duchess of York, was instrumental in the late monarch obtaining the dog.

Andrew and Sarah divorced in 1996 but remained in close contact. Even after their separation, the source said Sarah bonded with the Queen “through walking her dog and riding her horse”.

“Even after her divorce, she will continue her great friendship with the Queen by walking the dogs in Frogmore and chatting,” the source told NBC News.

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Queen Elizabeth II at Balmoral Castle with one of her corgis in September 1952.Archives Bettmann

During her lifetime, Queen Elizabeth II cared for more than 30 corgis, several Labradors, cocker spaniels and Candy, the dorgi. She was also known for breeding and racing horses.

In another Sky News clip of Prince Williams’ visit on Saturday with fans of the late Queen, he can be seen telling people his grandmother would ‘never have believed’ the long queue to see his coffin.

Supporters lined up for hours outside to see the Queen as her body was laid in Westminster Hall. On Sunday evening, ahead of the monarch’s state funeral, the UK’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport officially closed the queue. Last estimated wait time was 8 hours.

The late monarch’s state funeral is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. London time (6 a.m. ET), after a short procession from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey, with more than 2,000 people expected.

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