At 94, Isabel II has a new illusion. A few days after her husband, Philip of Edinburgh, was admitted to a London hospital, the queen welcomed two new tenants at Windsor Castle, where she now lives isolated by the pandemic. They were two corgi puppies, thus renewing the sovereign's tradition of keeping dogs of this breed with her.
The queen has had corgis since at the age of 18, in 1944, she received Susan as a birthday present, the first of her lineage; Furthermore, he always saw these animals in his house, since his father, George VI, was also fond of them. Then he had up to 30 dogs, most of them descendants of the same, but now there was only one left, Candy , after Vulcan died last December. Although the queen, passionate about horses and dogs , enjoys these animals enormously, it is true that she also suffers with their losses, and it had been known that she did not want to have any more pets with her and that therefore Candy would be the last. But in the end the queen has been encouraged to have more cubs with her. Those who know her in the British media say that the arrival of these two new corgis has returned the joy to the sovereign. There are two dogs, which he has come to call Fergus and Muick (pronounced mik ): a dorgi the first (a cross between corgi and dachshund) and a pure corgi the second, but they are not descendants of the originals, but they have been bought or adopted.
The queen always names her pets after people, places … that she appreciates. Fergus is named after Fergus Bowes-Lyon, uncle of the sovereign and brother of the late Queen Mother . Bowes-Lyon fought in the first world championship and died during the war, at the Battle of Loos in 1915, at only 26 years old and leaving a two-month-old daughter orphaned. Elizabeth II did not know him, but her mother always had a great appreciation for her older brother, and when she married in 1923 she placed her bridal bouquet at the tomb of the unknown soldier at Westminter Abbey , a tradition that women continue to maintain. of the British royal family when they get married
King George VI, the Queen Mother and their daughters Elizabeth (standing) and Margaret (seated), together with their dogs, in the 1930s Royal / Cordon
Before receiving the Muick's name, the second of the dogs was named Charlie and it was brought to the castle by two members of the castle's staff, after buying it from a well-known pet website in the UK. Muick is the name of one of the Queen's favorite lakes, located in Balmoral Castle. It is at the foot of Lochnagar Mountain, has a jetty, a bridge and several beaches, and is famous for its salmon and trout. At one end there is a hunting lodge built by Queen Victoria, in love with the place, after the death of her husband Alberto. Isabel II is also fond of picnics and excursions in the place, and last summer she was seen walking around it.
Seeing Isabel II with her dogs has become a common sight. He even appeared with some of them, such as the famous Monty, in his stellar speech at the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics, in a recording with Daniel Craig. They accompany her on outings and trips and actively play with them, so much so that in 1991 she received three points after mediating a fight between eight of them. In 2003, one of them had to be euthanized after a fight with Princess Anne's bull terrier.
In April 2018 he had to euthanize Willow (the 14th generation of Susan's descendants) because of cancer, and Whisper died six months later, which made him consider not having more, also because of his advanced age. According to one of her biographers, “over the years they have been closer to her than some people. They are absolutely loyal, they never disappoint her. " As the newspaper said The Sun when it was learned that the nonagenarian had taken in two new dogs, “it is unthinkable that the queen does not have corgis; It is as if the Tower of London did not have crows. ”