‘Devastated’ Queen ‘asks aides to find her a new dog’ after dorgi Fergus dies
The Queen is reportedly replacing a dorgi pup who died over the weekend to keep her other one company.
Her Majesty was "absolutely devastated" after five-month-old dachshund corgi cross Fergus succumbed to a heart defect over the weekend.
She has told aides to look for a new pal for her lonely dog Muick, the Mirror reports.
A royal source said the Queen “would explore the possibility” of getting a new pup in the coming weeks.
The insider added: “The Queen has taken great comfort in having Fergus and Muick by her side and Her Majesty has enjoyed getting out and walking them.
“There is every possibility we will see a new arrival at Windsor Castle very soon as Muick is a livewire and I’m sure would love a playmate to keep him busy.”
The pair were a surprise gift from her son, Prince Andrew, in February, and were by the Queen’s side when the Duke was away in hospital — and when she was mired in Megxit.
Purchased from separate registered breeders, they were the first the Queen has owned that are not direct descendants from a corgi called Susan that she received for her 18th birthday in 1944.
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It was thought the Queen had given up on owning new pets after her corgi, Vulcan, died last October. Insiders said she feared they were a trip hazard.
Fergus was named after the Queen’s uncle, Captain Fergus Bowes-Lyon, who died aged 26 in 1915 during the Battle of Loos in France during the First World War.
Muick, pronounced Mick, is named after a beauty spot in Balmoral, Scotland.
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Gran-of-six Denise Thomas, 60, from Hereford whose Pembroke Welsh corgi Molly is Muick’s mum, said she hoped her remaining pup would help the monarch.
She said: “I love the Royal Family and I do feel sorry for the Queen as she’s been through so much lately.” Buckingham Palace did not comment.
Prince Andrew surprised his mum the Queen with the two new puppies as her husband Prince Philip's health worsened, it has been claimed.
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The Duke of York, 61, was last month slammed over reports he demanded to dress as an Admiral at the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral.
She was forced to rule that all mourners wear civilian clothes with the move set to leave Prince Harry the only senior male royal not in uniform.
A Sun source said the two puppies were given by Prince Andrew, who bought the dogs while his father was ill in hospital last month.
They said: "The Queen did not plan on getting any new dogs as she feared she was getting too old.
"But it was Andrew who surprised his mum with two new puppies when she felt down and alone in the Castle after the Duke was taken to hospital."
Her Majesty is known to have had more than 30 dogs during her lifetime.
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