The monarch adopted two dorgis, a cross between a corgi and a dachshund, in February shortly after her husband was taken to the hospital, naming one Fergus after her WWI veteran uncle and the second Muick, her son Prince Andrew gifted her these two puppies to keep her company after Philip fell ill. But over the weekend, it seems that Fergus, who was around five months old, died suddenly.
A Windsor Castle insider told, “The Queen is absolutely devastated. The puppies were brought in to cheer her up during a very difficult period. Everyone concerned is upset as this comes so soon after she lost her husband. On top of that there’s been the problems with her grandson, Harry.”
Fergus, one of two dorgi puppies gifted to Queen Elizabeth II to help her cope with Prince Philip’s illness and his later death, died this weekend of a suspected genetic heart defect. The puppy was just 5 months old.
Both dogs are dorgis, which is a cross between the queen’s most favorite breed, the Welsh corgi, and a dachshund. The queen has a long history of having corgis. She was given her first in 1933 by her father, King George VI. Elizabeth and her sister, Margaret, named the dog Dookie. She received a second corgi for her 18th birthday in 1944 and named her Susan.