A Royal Birth

12/16/1997 AT 12:00 AM EST

Queen Elizabeth was visiting a children's hospital in Sydney, Australia, this morning when she let slip that there's been an addition to her family -- of the four-legged variety. Her mother, the Queen Mum, has a Corgi that has just had a litter, Her Majesty told 11-year-old Rachel Kirk, who is awaiting a heart-lung transplant. Reuters reports that Rachel has two Corgis of her own.

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