Queen Elizabeth suffered a “huge blow” weeks before her death, when her beloved dog Candy died shortly after she left Windsor for her annual summer holiday at Balmoral estate in Scotland.
The loss of her longest surviving dog and companion of 18 years on July 22, was said to have “hit the Queen hard” leaving her “distraught.”
The dorgi (a dachshund-corgi cross) charmed royal fans in February when she made an unexpected entrance into the Queen’s memorabilia viewing at Windsor Castle’s Oak Room ahead of her Platinum Jubilee.
“And where did you come from?” Her Majesty asked, stroking Candy on the nose.
“I know what you want,” she added, likely referring to a treat.
Buckingham Palace shared a photograph of UK’s longest reigning monarch greeting her inquisitive pet – capturing many hearts.
Queen Elizabeth II is known for her love of corgis after her father King George VI gifted her a Pembroke Corgi named Susan on her 18th birthday.
She has owned more than 30 of the Welsh herding dogs in her lifetime, and Candy was the last direct descendant of Susan.
Her other two dogs Sandy and Muick have been adopted by her son Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson.
A spokesperson for the Duke of York confirmed the two dogs will live at the Royal Lodge in Windsor, which is where the divorced couple reside.
Prince Andrew gifted the Queen two puppies -Fergus and Muick- in February 2021, in an attempt to cheer his mother up when her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, was hospitalised.
At just five months old, Fergus died of a congenital heart problem, devastating the Queen and the pooch was replaced with another corgi named Sandy.
Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral will be held at Westminster Abbey on Monday at 8pm Australian time and is set to be one of the largest gatherings of royalty and politicians hosted in the UK for decades.