The Adorable Way Queen Elizabeth Is Lifting Her Spirits

Queen Elizabeth has found the perfect way to put some pep in her step this month, and it is seriously heartwarming. As her husband Prince Philip, 99, remains hospitalized following a heart operation (via The Sun), the 94-year-old queen received two gifts that are sure to make her feel less lonely. The Queen and Philip have been married for 70 years, so it's no wonder some thought it best to give the monarch some company while her husband recovers. Best part? She is reportedly loving it.

According to Page Six, Queen Elizabeth was gifted two corgi puppies to bring some life back into the palace. The corgi breed is the Queen's favorite, as she has only ever had corgis or dorgis (a dachshund-corgi mix) since being crowned in 1952. And she really loves them — owning more than 30 of them throughout her life, Elizabeth's dogs were descendants of a corgi named Susan that she received as an 18th birthday gift. The Queen clearly picks favorites, and with corgis' cuteness factor, we can see why!

The Queen's latest two corgi puppies are not descendants of the same corgi lineage as her previous dogs, but as Page Six reports, they are still giving her comfort and joy during an all-around difficult time. As a source told The Sun, the new puppies are "said to be bringing in a lot of noise and energy into the castle while Philip is in hospital," and while the Queen remains isolated from family due to the pandemic (via Page Six).

The corgis are reportedly comforting the Queen during difficult times

An insider spoke to The Sun about the Queen's new furry pals, telling the outlet that "the Queen is delighted." The source also described how important the breed is to the monarch: "It's unthinkable that the Queen wouldn't have any corgis. It's like the Tower of London not having any ravens." As a corgi owner since she was 18 years old, Queen Elizabeth is as known for her corgis as she is for her love of equestrianism, or even her devotion to the monarchy. But since her last corgi died in 2018, some thought she would never own the breed again.

The two new puppies come at a crucial time in the royals' lives; not just due to Philip's hospitalization, but in connection to Meghan and Harry's separation from the monarchy, too. Now that the pair's step away from royal life was finalized in February, stripping them of all military appointments and royal patronages (via Deadline), tensions only continue to rise within the family. Meghan and Harry's upcoming tell-all Oprah interview, set to air Sunday March 7 at 8 P.M. EST on CBS, must only be causing more of a strain — making the puppies the perfect distraction.

As The Sun reports, the two corgis "have only been there a couple of weeks but are said to be adorable and made the castle their home," giving comfort to Queen Elizabeth during tumultuous times.