The Queen has always had a soft spot for animals, so it comes as no surprise Her Majesty is considering to adopt her former gamekeeper Bill Fenwick’s beloved dogs. According to Daily Express, the gamekeeper – who was a close friend of the Queen – died a week ago aged 95 at his home near Windsor Castle, two years after his wife Nancy passed away.
It is believed the monarch has been taking Bill and Nancy’s corgi and the Bichon Frise for walks for the past couple of years. A royal insider said: “The Queen was very fond of Nancy and Bill and they became close friends. Bill was not in the best of health and was unable to exercise the dogs much. As well as the corgi he also had a Bichon Frise.
“So most Sundays after lunch the Queen would visit him and take the pair out in the park. It was her way of saying thank you for being such loyal friends over the years and for looking after her dogs all that time.” The source continued: “She was very upset to hear about Bill’s death and she is considering taking the dogs if his family can’t look after them.”
It’s no secret that the 90-year-old royal truly loves her pet dogs. Sadly in October, the Queen’s corgi Holly passed away aged 13. The canine, who starred in the iconic James Bond sketch for the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics, was put down at Balmoral after suffering from an illness, leaving Her Majesty with three surviving pet dogs, a corgi named Willow and two corgi-dachshund crosses, Vulcan and Candy.
Her Majesty had previously named one of her dogs after her friend, Monty Roberts, a horse trainer to the Queen. Following the dog’s death in 2012, Monty said: “Dogs live for less time than human beings and we know we’re going to lose them – but they are part of the Queen’s family. She’ll be quite upset about the death of Monty.”
Source: HELLO MAGAZINE