The Queen has reportedly welcomed two new corgi puppies to the Royal Family amid the Prince Harry and Meghan Markle crisis.
Her Majesty is said to have also been cheered up by the arrival of the pooches while husband Prince Philip is in hospital.
The 94-year-old has had more than 30 dogs in her her lifetime, but when dorgi Vulcan died in November she was left with just Candy.
Queen Elizabeth II is understood to have opted for two corgi pups, the iconic breed the monarch usually goes for.
Their names have not been revealed, nor have their ages or genders.
She is said to be "delighted" with her choice, with the pair bringing a lot of "noise and energy" to the castle while the Duke of Edinburgh is recovering from heart surgery.
An insider told The Sun: "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. 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."
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The Queen’s first corgi was a gift from the Royal Family to a young Elizabeth II on her 18th birthday in 1944.
Her last corgi, Whisper, died just six months after the Queen’s other famous pooch, Willow, died in 2018.
In November 2020, the Queen suffered another loss when Vulcan passed away.
Royal experts believed she had decided never to get another pet, but trying times reportedly led to her welcoming a new animal.
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Her Majesty, and the wider Royal Family, have had a tough week with the news of Prince Philip’s hospital transfer to St Bartholomew’s for an infection, which later turned into heart surgery.
All went well wth the operation, but as the Queen waits for the Duke of Edinburgh to return home, she has had to deal with Meghan and Harry’s looming Oprah Winfrey interview.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been critical of the Firm, a nickname for the Royal initiation, in clips of the show.
Prince Harry even made a thinly-veiled dig at his father, Prince Charles, and Meghan accused the Royals of "perpetuating falsehoods" about her.
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