Duke and Duchess of York will take on Queen Elizabeth’s beloved corgis

A source close to the Duke told The Telegraph: “The Duchess bonded with Her Majesty over dog walking and riding horses and even after her divorce, she would continue her great friendship with Her Majesty, by walking the dogs in Frogmore and chatting.”

Last summer was the first in decades that the Duchess was invited to join the Royal family at Balmoral castle, an indication that she had been welcomed back into the fold.

She is also understood to have spent precious time with the Queen, the Duke and their two daughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, at Balmoral this summer.

The Duchess had been staying at Balmoral when The Sun published photographs of her having her toes sucked by businessman John Bryan in 1992.

Prince Philip is said to have refused to stay under the same roof as his former daughter-in-law ever since.

In a statement released on Thursday, the Duchess described her heartbreak at the Queen’s passing.

“To me, she was the most incredible mother-in-law and friend,” she said.

“I will always be grateful to her for the generosity she showed me in remaining close to me even after my divorce. I will miss her more than words can express.”

The Queen had a lifelong, deep affection for corgis, having fallen in love with the breed as a child.


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