Queen Elizabeth II Wrote 'Wickedly Funny' Letters From Her Corgis To Royal Staff Member's Pup, New Doc Reveals
She's got jokes! Queen Elizabeth II proved that she really loves dogs when she would write notes from her corgis to her former staff member's dogs.
According to a new ITV documentary called The Queen and her Cousins, actor Alexander Armstrong said he found handwritten notes in the bathroom while visiting the home of the late Sir Black Stewart-Wilson, who served as the Queen's equerry from 1976 to 1994.
"He would write these letters from their Jack Russell to the corgis, and the Queen would write these letters back," Armstrong said, The Telegraph reported. "And they put this series of letters up, and they are so funny. I wish I could remember them."
"I remember holding my stomach, howling with laughter because they are wickedly funny," he added.
Despite the 94-year-old's straight face, she is "much livelier in private than what the public sees," royal biographer Sally Bedell Smith revealed.
"'You can hear her laugh throughout that big house.' She has a big laugh!" a source previously told Bedell Smith.
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It's no surprise that the Queen adores corgis, as she got her first one named Susan at 18 years old.
The monarch even added two more to her household while her husband, Prince Philip, remained in the hospital in February and March.
According to The Sun, one is called Muick — pronounced Mick — and he's named after Loch Muick, one of her most cherished places on the Queen's Balmoral estate in Scotland.
The other corgi is Fergus and was named after Fergus Bowes-Lyon, her uncle who died in World War I in France in 1915.
“Both name choices are extremely poignant and dear to the Queen," a source said. “Loch Muick is one of her favorite places on the Balmoral estate and the loss of Uncle Fergus in the First World War is still honored by the family.”
The Queen was able to rely on the dogs during stressful times. “The Queen is delighted. It’s unthinkable that the Queen wouldn’t have any corgis,” an insider said at the time.
“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 Prince Philip is in hospital.”