Royal insiders surprised by latest gifts received by the Queen

The Queen with one of her Corgis dog-happy
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The Queen has received the perfect present to help her through lockdown - a pair of Corgis! The pups are the first royal dogs to enter the palace since 2018.

By Ashley Murphy

Published on the 08/03/2021, 13:20, Updated on the 04/06/2021, 15:44

Queen Elizabeth is famous for her love of the breed. She received her first Corgi as an 18th birthday present in 1944 and has owned more than 30 of the tiny pooches ever since.

Her last Corgi, Whisper, passed away in 2018 following a short illness. And after almost three years, it looks like Her Majesty is ready to welcome some new furballs into the royal life. 

The pups will keep the Queen company 

Reports suggest the dogs were gifted to the Queen to help keep her spirits up during lockdown. The pups will also provide some much-needed company while Prince Phillip continues his hospital treatment for heart complications. 

The news is a bit of a surprise, even for royal insiders. Last year, royal biographer Penny Junor said the Queen had decided she would never get another Corgi. Junor claimed the Queen was concerned the ankle-sized dogs would be a trip hazard in her old age. She also worried about leaving them behind one day, wrote Junor.

A great royal tradition continues

But it seems like the pull of the pooch was just too strong to resist. And those close to the Queen are glad to see this royal tradition continue. 

"It's unthinkable that the Queen wouldn't have any corgis," said a royal insider quoted in The Sun. "They have only been there a couple of weeks but are said to be adorable and made the castle their home. The Queen is delighted."

The palace has yet to release the names of the dogs or whether they're boys or girls.

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