Queen is ‘too frail to walk her corgis and may never take them out again’

The Queen and one of her corgis
Concerns over the Queen’s health have grown since she spent a night in hospital in October (Picture: Getty Images/REX)
The Queen has become too frail to walk her beloved corgis, according to palace sources.

It is thought the 95-year-old monarch hasn’t been able to take them for walkies in six months and may never be able to again.

She has owned more than 30 corgis in her lifetime, and took solace in long walks with her dogs after losing her husband Prince Philip last April.

But she hasn’t been able to take them out since spending a night in hospital last October for preliminary tests, sources say.

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It was her first overnight stay in hospital in eight years and sparked a wave of concern over her health as she scaled back her public duties.

The following month, Her Majesty had to drop out of the annual Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph after spraining her back.
File photo dated 17/05/80 of Queen Elizabeth II with some of her corgis walking the Cross Country course during the second day of the Windsor Horse Trials. Issue date: Sunday January 30, 2022.
The Queen walks some of her corgis during the second day of the Windsor Horse Trials in 1980 (Picture: PA)
File photo dated 02/06/1959 of Queen Elizabeth II and Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor joined by Sugar, one of the Royal corgis. Issue date: Sunday January 30, 2022. PA Photo. This is one of seventy photos marking the Queen's 70 years on the throne that have been compiled by the PA news agency to celebrate the monarch's Platinum Jubilee. See PA story ROYAL Jubilee Photos. Photo credit should read: PA/PA Wire / jjbb edit
Sugar, one of the Royal corgis, joins the Queen and Prince Philip on the grounds of Windsor Castle in 1959 (Picture: PA)
Aides are now said to be taking the Queen’s two corgis out for daily walks, along with her dorgi (a cross between a Dachshund and a Welsh Corgi).

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A source told the Sun: ‘She is not well enough. They are an enormous source of solace, so it is a real shame.’

The Queen was said to be ‘extremely disappointed’ as she gave up horse riding in October following her health scare.

She has also given up alcohol as advised by doctors, having previously drank a gin every lunchtime and a martini in the evening.

Buckingham Palace is often tight-lipped about the Queen’s health, but last month the monarch gave a hint on her current condition.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by David Hartley/REX/Shutterstock (227689b) QUEEN ELIZABETH II WALKING ONE OF HER CORGIS THE QUEEN, WINDSOR, BRITAIN - 1994
The Queen took great solace in taking her dogs for long walks during difficult times (Picture: REX/Shutterstock)
Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) with two corgi dogs at her home at 145 Piccadilly, London, July 1936. (Photo by Lisa Sheridan/Studio Lisa/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
The Queen, back when she was known as Princess Elizabeth, plays with two of the family’s corgis in 1936 (Picture: Getty Images)

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During an in-person meeting with military leaders, she said: ‘Well, as you can see, I can’t move.’

The Queen also tested positive for Covid-19 on February 20 and Buckingham Palace said at the time she was experiencing ‘mild cold-like symptoms’.

She had only returned to something approaching normal working practices just before contracting the virus.

Yesterday it was announced she was pulling out of a Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey on Monday, asking her son Prince Charles to take her place.

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