King Charles distracted by sweet corgi in echo of his late mother

Thanks to Her Majesty the Queen, the Royal family will always have a special place in their heart for corgis.

And The King certainly seemed charmed by one of the breed, stopping to greet the animal today at the Inns of Court in London.

Charles, who holds the title of Royal Bencher at The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn, was received by residents, tenants and staff of the Inn, one of whom was joined by the little dog.

The King's late mother the Queen had three dogs at the time of her death; Candy, the Queen’s last surviving dorgi – a cross between a dachshund and corgi – and corgis Muick and Sandy, which she was given by Prince Andrew and his daughters Eugenie and Beatrice after the death of Prince Phillip.

It’s believed that two of the late Queen’s loyal corgis remained by her side in the final hours of her life, and have since been taken in by one of her sons.

During the visit, the King met staff, students and barristers in Gray’s Inn Hall.

Many of the students are undertaking post-graduate studies in order to be called to the Bar, and some are recipients of scholarships from the Inn.

During his visit, the king was reunited with a portrait of himself that was painted more than 40 years ago. The picture by June Mendoza of the then Prince of Wales was completed in 1979.

It was commissioned to commemorate his appointment as Royal Bencher in 1975.

The chair in the portrait, which can still be seen on display in the Benchers’ Entrance, was made specially for a visit to the Inn by Queen Elizabeth II in 1956.

Charles was given an Inn tie as a gift and quipped that it was “the Inn thing”, adding: “Terribly helpful to have an extra one to choose from.”

Charles toured the gardens before meeting children from the local school based within the Society’s grounds, as well as garden staff, who gave him jars of honey.

Gray’s Inn is one of the Inns of Court – the historic societies that have educated and trained barristers in England and Wales for more than 600 years.

Gray’s has an active membership of around 5,500, including around 300 student members at any one time.

The Inn exists to support, educate and develop its student members and to provide continuing professional development to its barrister members.


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