James Middleton sponsors puppy, dedicates its life to service as a guide dog in honour of the queen

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  • James Middleton honoured Queen Elizabeth's memory in a sweet and personal way.
  • The younger brother of Kate Middleton has donated one of his puppies to Guide Dogs UK, dedicating its life to service just as the queen did.
  • The pup also has a special moniker: "Bertie, named after Queen Elizabeth's father, Albert."

James Middleton is honouring Queen Elizabeth in the sweetest way.

The younger brother of Kate Middleton, aka Princess of Wales, introduced his social media followers to a golden retriever puppy named Bertie and how he ties into paying tribute to the queen.

"This is Bertie, named after Queen Elizabeth's father, Albert," Middleton wrote alongside photos of himself and the pup. 

"The queen dedicated her life to service, and it's with great pride that I can announce that Bertie has been chosen to dedicate his life to service, too."

He then explains that his dog Mabel delivered a healthy litter of 8 babies, Bertie being one of them, so he decided to "donate a puppy to become a future assistance dog" with Guide Dogs UK.

"I was so proud to hand him [Bertie] to this incredible charity, and will also be endeavouring to raise the £60 000 required to support Bertie throughout his training until retirement," the founder of dog wellness company Ella & Co added.


In an interview with Hello! Magazine, Middleton shared more about Bertie and the journey he is about to embark on.

"In light of recent events, I wanted a name that is a touching tribute to the late queen," he told the magazine. "It was incredible that the queen dedicated her life to service, and in many ways, Bertie the dog will be dedicating his life to service too."

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