THE QUEEN, who has been walking former Sandringham gamekeeper Bill Fenwick’s dogs for two years is now, after his death aged 95 last week, considering offering them a permanent home.
When Mr Fenwick’s wife, Nancy, died two years ago the Queen was keen to help out by taking their two dogs, a Bichon and a Corgi, for a weekly walk as Mr Fenwick was too ill to carry out the duty.
Mr Fenwick had worked on the grounds at Sandringham for over 30 years and his wife had become known as ‘the keeper of the Queen’s Corgis’ and had formed an incredible bond with Her Majesty.
At Mrs Fenwick’s funeral the Queen is said to have been a great support to Mr Fenwick and his sons.
A royal insider has been reported to have 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 over the years.
“Most Sundays after lunch the Queen would visit him and take the dogs 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.
“She was very upset to hear about Bill’s death and she is considering taking his dogs if his family can’t look after them.”
If the Queen did take on the dogs it would see a change to her decision two years that no new dogs should be introduced to Buckingham Palace. In 2015 she declined the offer of two puppies from her granddaughter Princess Beatrice as she believed it could be dangerous for her or Prince Philip if they were to trip on one.
The Queen does currently have three dogs which include one Pembroke Corgi, 13-year-old Willow, and two dorgies – Corgi/Dachshund crosses – Candy and Vulcan. She was reported to have been ‘very sad’ when she had to have 13-year-old Pembroke Corgi Holly put to sleep last year.