Queen's corgi once narrowly avoided being electrocuted at Balmoral Castle
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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:
In total, her Majesty owned more than 30 corgis during her 70 years on the throne.
Sturgeon opened up about the incident while at the Scottish Parliament on Monday, 12 September.
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."
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.
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.
Queen Elizabeth II passed away on Thursday, 8 September, 2022.
Prince Andrew gifted Sandy to his mother on her 95th birthday and Muick was named after Loch Muick on the Balmoral estate.
The Queen's corgis being brought back from Balmoral.— JimmyThomist (@JimmyThomist) September 9, 2022
Dogs don't understand death, and when their owner dies they get depressed while also looking for any sign that they have returned.
It's truly heartbreaking if you've ever experienced it. pic.twitter.com/5VRkAr8NKa
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."