It has been a rough year across the board, including for Queen Elizabeth.
But the 94-year-old British monarch now has two new corgi puppies to cheer her up.
The lovable dogs have cheered her on as her husband, Prince Philip, 99, remains hospitalized as he recovers from heart surgery, The Sun reported.
“Both are said to be bringing a lot of noise and energy to the castle while Philip is in hospital,” a source told the outlet.
The puppies are believed to have been a gift to the long-reigned monarch, who has a well-documented love for the breed.
She is said to be “delighted” with the additional company at Windsor Castle, where she has been isolated with close staff amid the pandemic.
It has been about two weeks since her husband of more than 70 years, Philip, was hospitalized and the Queen has reportedly been unable to see another family since December due to the coronavirus.
The new puppies, whose names and gender were not disclosed, arrived sometime after Philip went to the hospital on February 17, according to The Sun.
“They have only been there a couple of weeks, but they are said to be adorable and made the castle their home,” the source said.
The queen has had more than 30 dogs since she was crowned in 1952, all of them corgis or dorgis, which are a cross between a dachshund and a corgi.
All of her dogs were descendants of Susan, a corgi that Elizabeth received on her 18th birthday.
The new cubs aren’t part of that royal line, but that doesn’t stop them from supposedly comforting the Queen during a tumultuous time.
Buckingham Palace has been preparing for what is expected to be Oprah Winfrey’s explosive interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, which will air on Sunday.
The palace appears to be fighting off anticipated attacks from the couple with an ever-widening investigation into Markle’s alleged bullying behavior and a TV special of its own.
The news of the puppies was also a surprise, as royals had believed the Queen would never have another dog after she stopped breeding corgis in 2018.
His last corgi, Whisper, died in October of that year. He has only had one dog, a dorgi named Candy, since Vulcan, also a dorgi, died last November.
“It is unthinkable that the Queen does not have corgis,” said the source. “It’s like the Tower of London doesn’t have crows.”