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Royal delight! Queen comforted by two new Corgi puppies while Philip in hospital

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Since the age of 18 she has owned a number of corgis and dorgis – a cross between a Dachshund and a Welsh Corgi – with her last dorgi dying in November. According to The Sun the dogs arrived at Windsor Castle after Prince Philip was admitted to hospital last month.

On Thursday it was confirmed the Duke of Edinburgh had a successful heart procedure and is expected to remain in hospital for several more days to rest.

Speaking to The Sun an insider said: “The Queen is delighted.

“It’s unthinkable that the Queen wouldn’t have any corgis.

“It’s like the Tower of London not having any ravens.


"The Queen is delighted" (Image: GETTY)


The Queen has owned dogs from a young age (Image: GETTY)

“They have only been there a couple of weeks but are said to be adorable and made the castle their home.

“Both are said to be bringing in a lot of noise and energy into the castle while Philip is in hospital.”

The names and gender of the two puppies is not currently known.

Princess Elizabeth, the future Queen, was given a corgi called Susan in 1944 for her 18th birthday.

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The Queen has owned over 30 dogs in her life (Image: GETTY)

A keen dog lover she has since owned over 30 dogs.

Her final Corgi, a direct descendent of Susan, died in April 2018.

The new puppies are believed to be the first Corgis the Queen has owned that aren’t connected to this blood line.

Prince Philip has now spent 16 nights in hospital, his longest recorded stay.


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The Queen pictured shortly before Christmas (Image: GETTY)


The Queen has spent lockdown at Windsor Castle (Image: GETTY)

He was originally treated at King Edward VII Hospital before being moved to St Bartholomew Hospital, both in London, after a number of days.

The Duke is reported to have been suffering from an infection and pre-existing heart condition.

Neither are believed to be coronavirus related with the Queen and Prince receiving their vaccines in January.

Prince Philip, who married the future Queen in 1948, turns 100 in June.

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There had been speculation the monarch was unlikely to get any more dogs after the last dorgi died last year.

Royal author Penny Junor commented: “A few years ago it was decided she would have no more.

“But her corgis are hugely important to her.

“They have over the years been closer to her than any human being.


Prince Philip has spent 16 nights in hospital (Image: GETTY)

“The corgis are intensely loyal and loving and they have never let her down.”

On Sunday US broadcaster CBS is due to release a two hour interview by Oprah Winfrey with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

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Buckingham Palace has said it is investigating bullying allegations against the Duchess which she strongly denies.

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