The news comes as no surprise, given that Muick and Sandy were gifts from Prince Andrew and his two daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie. Also, per The Telegraph, a close source revealed that Ferguson and the queen had developed a special bond. They 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.”
The queen's fondness of this dog breed has been well documented throughout her life. In fact, she owned over 30 corgis—many of which were descendants of the first corgi she owned back in 1944. And Willow—the last descendant of her original corgi—appeared with her in a James Bond sketch that she recorded for 2012 London Olympics.