You won’t find a bigger fan of Her Majesty than thisgirl. What other leader – male or female – filled a massive pair of shoes at 25, reigned through 11 prime ministers (and counting) and still carries out royal engagements at 88?
Today, the Queen and Prince Philip attended Sunday service at the church of St Peter and St Paul near King’s Lynn, England. After, the Queen warmly greeted well-wishers and accepted flowers, which complemented her pink ensemble.
Her Majesty and Philip stay at her family estate, Sandringham through February 6th, the 63rd anniversary of her father’s death and, thus, her ascension to the throne. Like Balmoral, Sandringham belongs to the queen’s family. Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace and Holyrood House in Edinburgh are held in trust of the Crown Estates (essentially, not owned by the Queen).
In other news that signals a momentous change for royal watchers, the Queen has reportedly decided not to add any more corgis to her crew. According to Daily Express correspondent Camilla Tominey, Her Majesty fears tripping over her dogs and suffering an injury.
Princess Beatrice recently offered her grandmother two of the four Norfolk terriers recently born to her dog, Ginger. The Queen, though touched, declined the princess’s offer.
“The fact is she worries about too many dogs around her feet and the danger she will trip up and hurt herself badly,” a courtier told Tominey. “She is after all 88 and not getting any younger.
“Her corgis are getting on a bit and move along at a sedate speed but a young dog would obviously be very lively and much more active.
“Her main fear is that if she fell and broke her arm or even a leg she would not be able to perform her duties for many weeks if not months, and that would upset her greatly.”
One of the Queen’s aides and “keeper of the corgis,” Nancy Fenwick, who looked after the dogs and knew all of their dietary requirements, has recently retired.
Her Majesty has two corgis left, Willow and Holly. She also has two “dorgies,” Candy and Vulcan, whose ancestors mated with Princess Margaret‘s dachshunds. The pack have had a reputation for being spoiled and nasty, nipping at royal employees; Susan (a gift to the Queen) infamously attacked the Royal Clockwinder in 1954.