Heartache upon heartache for Queen Elizabeth as her beloved puppy dies

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Spare a thought for Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, who has lost another dear family member in the form of her dorgi puppy (stock image). (PHOTO: Getty Images/Gallo Images/Alamy)
Spare a thought for Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, who has lost another dear family member in the form of her dorgi puppy (stock image). (PHOTO: Getty Images/Gallo Images/Alamy)

Poor Queen Elizabeth. Barely a month after her “strength and stay” Prince Philip passed away, her five-month-old dorgi Fergus has died. 

Little Fergus was one of a pair of dorgis – a dachshund/corgi cross – gifted to her by her son Prince Andrew earlier this year to help pep up her spirits while her 99-year-old husband lay gravely ill in hospital.

Sadly he succumbed to heart problems which he'd been born with.

'The puppies were brought in to cheer her up during a very difficult period.'
A palace insider

“Everyone concerned is upset as this comes so soon after she lost her husband," a source told The Sun.

The queen was reportedly delighted by the arrival of her pups in February, as she’d been left with just one dorgi, Candy, after fellow pooch Vulcan passed away last November.

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The queen's dogs sometimes even make appearances during official visits, such as this one when she welcomed the prime minister of New Zealand, John Key, to Windsor Castle in October 2015. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Vulcan was one of her most loyal companions, having been with a member of the royal household since 2007.

Her Majesty named Fergus after her uncle Fergus Bowes-Lyon, who died in France in World War 1. It’s not clear how the pup died.

Fergus and the other pup, Muick, were last seen with the queen on 16 April – the day before Philip’s funeral – when the monarch drove them from Windsor Castle to Frogmore Gardens for a walk.

The queen has had a long relationship with dogs, particularly her beloved corgis, and has owned more than 30 during her 72-year reign.

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Her Majesty seen at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in 1973 with her beloved corgis. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

In 2018, her last corgi, Willow – who was a 14th generation descendant of her first corgi Susan, which she got for her 18th birthday and even took on honeymoon – was put down after suffering from cancer.


She hasn’t had a corgi since, opting instead for dorgis. The hybrid started when one of the queen’s dogs mated with a dachshund called Pippin belonging to the queen’s sister, Princess Margaret.

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The queen and her niece Lady Sarah Armstrong with their dorgis at the Badminton Horse Trials in 1976. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

After Vulcan died, the queen vowed not to get another puppy because she was worried about tripping over the animal and leaving a young dog behind after she passed on. However, Andrew decided a pair of pups were just the thing to perk up his mother, palace aides said.

Tragically, she’s been left mourning yet again.


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