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Queen's corgi once narrowly avoided being electrocuted at Balmoral Castle

Poppy Bilderbeck

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Queen's corgi once narrowly avoided being electrocuted at Balmoral Castle

One of the Queen's corgis nearly met a very fateful end at Balmoral Castle after it came across a live switch. Catch the video here:

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While the late Queen Elizabeth II was known for her love of horses and gleeful reaction to cows, it was her corgis who she kept close by her side.

In total, her Majesty owned more than 30 corgis during her 70 years on the throne.

However, one of them, named Sandy, nearly met a rather painful end, when the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, visited the Queen at her Aberdeenshire residence, Balmoral Castle.

First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon has opened up about an incident at Balmoral involving one of the Queen's corgis. Credit: PA Images/Alamy Stock Photo
First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon has opened up about an incident at Balmoral involving one of the Queen's corgis. Credit: PA Images/Alamy Stock Photo

Sturgeon opened up about the incident while at the Scottish Parliament on Monday, 12 September.

With King Charles III and the her Majesty, the Queen Consort, Camilla, in attendance, Sturgeon shared her own story from Balmoral in light of other leaders reminiscing about theirs.

She said: "These are memories I treasure too, special times of what was clearly their happy place.

"I did however experience one rather tense moment at Balmoral."

Queen Elizabeth II is said to have had over 30 corgis during her reign. Credit: PA Images/Alamy Stock Photo
Queen Elizabeth II is said to have had over 30 corgis during her reign. Credit: PA Images/Alamy Stock Photo

Sturgeon was accompanied on her visit to Balmoral by her husband, Peter Murrell, and it's just as well, as without him, Sandy may not still be alive today.

The First Minister of Scotland recalled how the group was sitting down at dinner when to her 'great alarm' her 'husband suddenly leapt up and darted across the floor'.

"Peter had spotted the cause of the flickering light. One of the Queen’s young Corgis, a beautiful pup called Sandy, was eating through a lamp switch," she continued.

Sturgeon's husband was the first to notice Sandy chewing through the electric switch. Credit: PA Images/Alamy Stock Photo
Sturgeon's husband was the first to notice Sandy chewing through the electric switch. Credit: PA Images/Alamy Stock Photo

Thankfully, 'tragedy was averted' and Sandy was rescued before she was able to get electrocuted.

The pup 'emerged unscathed' however, not without receiving a firm 'ticking off from his mistress'.

"Just like all my predecessors as first minister and all prime ministers, I deeply valued the time I spent alone with the Queen," Sturgeon said.

Despite the slightly traumatic incident, Sturgeon went on to join the Queen and Prince Philip for a ride on a train on the new Borders railway.

"[The day was] one of the great privileges of my life," she added.

Sturgeon said how she 'deeply valued the time' she spent alone with Queen Elizabeth II. Credit: PA Images/Alamy Stock Photo
Sturgeon said how she 'deeply valued the time' she spent alone with Queen Elizabeth II. Credit: PA Images/Alamy Stock Photo

Queen Elizabeth II passed away on Thursday, 8 September, 2022.

Her remaining corgis, Sandy and Muick, will now be cared for by her son, Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York.

Prince Andrew gifted Sandy to his mother on her 95th birthday and Muick was named after Loch Muick on the Balmoral estate.

A source close to the Duke of York told the BBC: "The corgis will return to live at Royal Lodge with the duke and duchess. It was the duchess who found the puppies which were gifted to Her Majesty by the duke.

"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."

Featured Image Credit: PA Images/Archivo/Alamy Stock Photo

Topics: The Queen, Royal Family, Dogs, Animals, UK News

Poppy Bilderbeck
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