Queen “devastated” as puppy dies one month after Prince Philip’s death – fr

Queen “devastated” as puppy dies one month after Prince Philip’s death – fr

The Queen’s new puppy Fergus a Dorgi passed away over the weekend (Photo: Pets4home / Getty)

The Queen was devastated because one of her new puppies died just a month after the death of Prince Philip.

Fergus, a five-month-old Dorgi, was given to the monarch, 95, by her son Prince Andrew to keep him company while the Duke of Edinburgh was in hospital in February.

He and another puppy, a Corgi named Muick, then became “distractions” for the Queen after Philip died on April 9. Dorgis are a cross between the Dachshund and Corgi breeds.

Fergus is said to have died this weekend, leaving the Queen “absolutely devastated”. His cause of death is currently uncertain.

A source told The Sun: “The puppies were brought in to cheer him up during a very difficult time. Everyone involved is upset because it happens so soon after she has lost her husband.

The Queen received her first dog, Susan, a Corgi, on her 18th birthday. She has since had over 30 Corgis, many of whom are direct descendants of Susan.

The puppies are said to be a gift from Prince Andrew (Photo: Pets4home)
The Queen has had dogs by her side since her 18th birthday (Photo: Getty Images)

Fergus is possibly named after the Queen’s uncle, Captain Fergus Bowes-Lyon, who died during World War I in 1915, aged 26.

Before the puppies, it was thought the Queen might forgo owning more dogs, as palace insiders have expressed concern about their risk of tripping.

His Corgi Vulcan, died of old age in October of last year, after living with the royal family for about 13 years.

Joe Little, royal expert and editor of Majesty Magazine, said: “It was enough to think that she was getting too old for new dogs and who would take care of them when she was gone.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by David Hartley / Shutterstock (227689a) QUEEN ELIZABETH II WALKS ONE OF HIS CORGIS THE QUEEN, WINDSOR, BRITTANY - 1994

It was thought she might give up owning the dogs last year (Photo: Shutterstock)

But it is clear that this decision was overturned and, as it turned out, it is probably very fortuitous. I think it’s helpful to have these puppies in your life now as a distraction.

Buckingham Palace declined to comment.

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