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Prince William assures mourner that Queen Elizabeth’s corgis will be ‘spoiled rotten’ after her death

Prince William knows his grandmother’s corgis are in good hands.

During a surprise visit Saturday to mourners queuing to see the monarch’s coffin in state, Prince William spoke to a fan who had questions about the late Queen Elizabeth II’s famous dogs.

GUILDFORD, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 16: Prince William, Prince of Wales meets military personnel during a visit to the Pirbright Army Training Center on September 16, 2022 in Guildford, England. The Prince and Princess of Wales are visiting the training center to meet Commonwealth troops who have been deployed to the UK to attend the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, which will take place on September 19. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage); ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND – 1974: Queen Elizabeth II arrives at Aberdeen Airport with her corgis to start her holiday in Balmoral, Scotland in 1974. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)

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The 40-year-old Prince of Wales was quick to reassure the woman they were in excellent condition, even taking her hand in his as he gave her the good news in a video captured by Sky News.

“I saw them the other day, it made me quite sad,” he said. “They are going to be well cared for.”

“They are two very friendly corgis, so they have a good home,” Prince William continued. “They will be very well cared for. Spoiled rotten, I’m sure.”

An avid dog lover, the Queen was the mother of more than 30 corgis and dachshund-corgi mixes, known as ‘dorgis’, in her lifetime.

Corgis were loved within and beyond the palace walls. Their likeness could be found in art honoring the Queen, and events honoring Queen Elizabeth II also celebrated the breed. In 2002, for the monarch’s Golden Jubilee (her 50th anniversary on the throne), the UK issued a new coin featuring the Queen alongside a corgi.

The monarch chose to stop preying on corgis in the mid-2010s because, according to The telegraphshe didn’t want to leave any dogs behind when she died.

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princess and corgis

Lisa Sheridan/Studio Lisa/Hulton Archive/Getty Images Princess Elizabeth and her dogs

In 2021, however, she welcomed new additions to the royal corgi pack. After receiving two puppies in March 2021, shortly before Prince Philip’s death – and suffering the loss of a dog just weeks later – Prince Andrew gave his mother a new pup in celebration of what would have been Philip’s 100th birthday, a full circle moment of Elizabeth’s first gifted corgi when she was just 7 years old.

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A source previously confirmed to PEOPLE that the late monarch’s two dogs are now with the Duke and Duchess of York – Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson (aka Fergie).

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“The corgis will return to live at the Royal Lodge with the Duke and Duchess. It was the Duchess who found the puppies, which were gifted to Her Majesty by the Duke,” the insider said.

Despite their divorce in 1996, Fergie and Andrew, both 62, remain on good terms and still live together at their family home, Royal Lodge, in Windsor.

The source added that Fergie had previously “bonded with Her Majesty to walk her dog and ride horses and even after her divorce she would continue her great friendship with Her Majesty, walking the dogs in Frogmore and chatting.”

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Queen Elizabeth II of England at Balmoral Castle with one of her Corgis, September 28, 1952. UPI color slide.

Queen Elizabeth II of England at Balmoral Castle with one of her Corgis, September 28, 1952. UPI color slide.

Queen Elizabeth II of England at Balmoral Castle with one of her Corgis, September 28, 1952. UPI color slide.

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Buckingham Palace announced the death of Queen Elizabeth on September 8. After her 70-year reign, she was Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.

The news of Queen Elizabeth’s death comes with another historic moment: she is immediately succeeded by her eldest son, Prince Charles, 73, who will now be the monarch.

Charles’ eldest son Prince William, 40, is now next in line to the world’s most famous throne, followed by his eldest son Prince George, 9.

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