THE Queen will be ‘distracted’ from grief after losing Prince Philip by her two new puppies, according to a royal expert.
Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty Magazine, said the monarch’s lively new companions – a corgi called Muick and a dorgi named Fergus – would provide comfort as she gives for her husband of 73 years.
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It comes after poignant images showed the Queen sitting alone during Saturday’s service in St George’s Chapel at Windsor as she bid farewell to Philip – her “strength and stay”.
On Wednesday, the monarch will mark her 95th birthday – but can only meet those outside her household in the open air due to Covid regulations.
Royal expert Joe Little said the two new puppies, as well as her elderly dorgi Candy, would provide a “distraction” following Philip’s death.
He said: “The thinking was enough was enough, and that she was getting too old for new dogs and who would look after them when she was gone.
“But clearly that decision was reversed and, as it turned out, it probably is very fortuitous. I think it's useful to have these puppies in her life now as way of a distraction.”
The Queen's life-long love of horses and dogs is well known and, while Philip spent his final period in hospital, it emerged the Queen had been given the puppies.
Mr Little added that the Queen’s birthday this week is likely to be a “private day”.
Mr Little said: "She will mark her first birthday as a widow, and 95 is quite a significant birthday.
"I don't think there would have been a fuss made of it, but nevertheless 95 is quite something. This is going to be a private day for her and that's how it should be.
"Royal mourning continues until Friday so that makes it even more of a sombre occasion."
It comes as the family stepped up to support the Queen as she grieves for Philip, with senior royals creating a 'rota' to visit her this week.
The Queen is expected to have a series of regular visitors as she stays at Windsor Castle, where she has remained for most of the past 13 months as the coronavirus pandemic swept across the country.
A source told the Mirror: “The Queen will not be alone.
“She will have others who care about her deeply and want to be there to support her in her most pressing hour.
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