Queen's final heartbreak as longest-surviving dog died weeks before her death


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The Queen suffered a final heartbreak with the death of her longest-surviving dog over the summer. The late monarch arrived at her Balmoral retreat in the Scottish Highlands for her annual summer holiday in July.

But soon after her beloved dog Candy passed away after 18 years at her side, according to the Daily Mail’s Richard Kay.

Mr Kay said the loss of the dorgi – a corgi cross dachshund – was a “huge blow” to the Queen.

He added: “Although in dog years Candy was in extreme old age, her death hit the Queen hard.”

The monarch arranged for Candy’s remains to be taken to Windsor Castle to be buried with another of her dogs, Vulcan, who died in 2020.

She still had the company of corgis Sandy and Muick, who were gifts from Prince Andrew and his daughters a year ago.

The two pups are said to have brought “constant joy” to the late Queen.

The Duke of York and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson will care for Sandy and Muick following the royal matriarch’s death at Balmoral earlier this month. The pair continue to share Andrew’s Royal Lodge residence in Windsor despite their divorce.

According to the Telegraph, the Duchess of York bonded with the late Queen during dog walks.

A source close to the Duke said: “The Duchess bonded with Her Majesty over dog walking and riding horses and even after her divorce, she would continue her great friendship with Her Majesty, by walking the dogs in Frogmore and chatting.”

Many of the Queen’s dogs were descended from her first corgi, Susan, who was gifted to her on her 18th birthday in 1944.

She looked after her own dogs as much as possible despite her busy schedule and enjoyed walking them until recently.

It comes after the corgi community was left devastated by the Queen’s death on September 8.

Kay Hogg, secretary of the Welsh Corgi League Scottish sector, said: “We are very, very sad. Everywhere the Queen went there were always corgis.

“She grew up with corgis and everybody associated corgis with the Queen.

“We feel as though, although there is a corgi league and a society, we’ve actually lost part of our world.

“She did so much for the breed, always had corgis by her side all her life.”


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