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Prince Andrew and his ex-wife to take on queen's beloved corgis
One of the most recent photos of Elizabeth with her dogs - taken at Windsor Castle last February - Photo. RTE

Scandal-hit Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson will take on Queen Elizabeth's corgi dogs, Muick and Sandy, following her death at Balmoral last Thursday (Sep 9) aged 96, a spokesman said.

Andrew - the queen's third son and often reported to be her favourite - and Ms Ferguson had given Muick and Sandy to the queen as a gift.

The two corgis - the latest in a long line of more than 30 of the sandy, short-legged dogs throughout Elizabeth's reign were a comfort to her while she was at Windsor Castle during the coronavirus pandemic, her dresser Angela Kelly said.

The little, mainly sandy-coloured corgi dogs with pointy ears were a busy presence in the queen's court, following her from room to room in Buckingham Palace and featuring in official photos.

They were even given a starring role in the spoof James Bond clip filmed with the queen for the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics.

The queen was so fond of her corgis that she personally supervised their daily meal, according to "Pets by Royal Appointment", by author Brian Hoey, a book on British royal pets since the 16th century.

The corgi gifts came in the same year that Prince Andrew stepped back from his public duties due to the scandal over his relationship with convicted US paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

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In February, Andrew settled a sexual abuse lawsuit in the United States with an Epstein victim, having previously been stripped of his honorary military titles.

He and Sarah Ferguson married in a highly publicised wedding in 1986 and divorced ten years later, but have remained on good terms and share a home near Windsor Castle.