The Queen Is Reportedly Leaning on Her Corgis as She Grieves the Loss of Her Husband, Prince Philip

Sources suggest the queen will be leaning on her corgis as she processes the grief of losing her husband of 73 years, Prince Philip.

  • As she mourns the death of Prince Philip, her husband of 73 years, the Queen will reportedly turn to her beloved dogs for emotional support.
  • Although the Queen had said she didn't plan to get any new dogs after the death of her dorgi Vulcan in 2020, reports came out in February that the monarch had two news dogs—a dorgi named Fergus and a corgi is named Muick (pronounced "Mick")—that appear to have been given to her as gifts.
  • The Queen has been a life-long dog lover and her furry friends have always played an important role in her life. "(Her corgis) have over the years been closer to her than any human being," royal biographer Penny Junor explained.

The Queen is grieving the loss of her husband of 73 years, Prince Philip, but she's not alone.

In addition to having other members of the royal family to lean on during this difficult time, royal sources suggest the Queen will be leaning on her beloved dogs for emotional support.

The Queen has always been a dog lover, but didn't plan to get any more dogs after her dorgi (that's a dachshund-corgi mix), Vulcan, died in 2020.

When Philip was hospitalized in February for what would eventually become a 28-day stay, however, reports came out that the Queen had not one, but two new furry friends.

According to a report from the Mirror, the Queen's new dogs, a dorgi named Fergus (after her uncle Fergus Bowes-Lyon, who was killed in World War I) and a corgi is named Muick (pronounced "Mick" after Loch Muick, which is located on the Queen's Balmoral estate in Scotland), were given to her as gifts.

"The Queen was left with only one dog at the end of last year. She had made the decision not to get any more because she didn’t think it fair at her age," a royal source told the Mail on Sunday. "But it would be unthinkable for her not to have any. It’s like the Tower of London not having any ravens. The new puppies are adorable."

It's no secret that dogs have played an important role in the Queen's life over the years and many close to her reportedly believe they'll be very important to the 94-year-old monarch in the coming months as she copes with the loss of her husband.

"(Her corgis) have over the years been closer to her than any human being," royal biographer Penny Junor explained (per the Mirror).

Here are just a few pictures of the Queen and her beloved dogs over the years:

princess elizabeth now queen elizabeth ii with two corgi dogs at her home at 145 piccadilly, london, july 1936 photo by lisa sheridanstudio lisahulton archivegetty images

In July 1936.

(Image credit: Lisa Sheridan)

princess elizabeth with her pet corgi sue or susan at windsor castle, uk, 30th may 1944 photo by lisa sheridanhulton archivegetty images

In May 1944.

(Image credit: Lisa Sheridan)

queen elizabeth ii of england at balmoral castle with one of her corgis, 28th september 1952 upi color slide

In September 1952.

(Image credit: Bettmann)

aberdeenscotland 1974 queen elizabeth ll arrives at aberdeen airport with her corgis to start her holidays in balmoral, scotland in 1974 photo by anwar husseingetty images

In 1974.

(Image credit: Anwar Hussein)

sandringham united kingdom unspecified date queen elizabeth ii relaxes at sandringham with her corgis photo by anwar husseingetty images

In January 1980.

(Image credit: Anwar Hussein)
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