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Entertainment More sad news for Queen Elizabeth as new 'dorgi' puppy dies

05:40  19 may  2021
05:40  19 may  2021 Source:   honey.nine.com.au

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Queen Elizabeth is facing another devastating blow in the wake of Prince Philip's death, with reports one of Her Majesty's two new puppies has died.

The monarch was given two puppies, a corgi and dachshund-corgi cross, to cheer her up during her late husband's month-long stay in hospital earlier this year.

According to The Sun, the 'dorgi', named Fergus after the Queen's uncle who died in WWI, died over the weekend at just five months of age.

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Elizabeth II holding a dog in a garden: The Queen has previously described her dogs as 'family'. © Getty The Queen has previously described her dogs as 'family'.

The cause of death has not been confirmed, but Her Majesty is said to be devastated by the loss, which comes just over two months after the Duke of Edinburgh's death on April 9.

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The Queen has owned numerous dogs in her lifetime, most of which have been Pembroke Welsh Corgis, a breed that has become synonymous with the monarch.

She was given her first, Susan, by her parents when she was 18, and has raised several descendants of Susan over her reign.

Prince Andrew surprised his mother with the two puppies to keep her company at Windsor Castle during Prince Philip's treatment in hospital.

Elizabeth II holding a dog posing for the camera: The corgi breed has become synonymous with Queen Elizabeth. © Getty The corgi breed has become synonymous with Queen Elizabeth.

"The puppies were brought in to cheer her up during a very difficult period," a source tells The Sun.

"Everyone concerned is upset as this comes so soon after she lost her husband."

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Buckingham Palace has not commented on the news.

Her Majesty's choice of names for each of her new puppies was sentimental.

Elizabeth II wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a crowd: The Queen was surprised with her two new puppies while Prince Philip was in hospital. © Getty The Queen was surprised with her two new puppies while Prince Philip was in hospital.

She named the corgi Muick, pronounced Mick, after Loch Muick, a landmark on her beloved Balmoral estate in Scotland.

Fergus was named for Captain Fergus Bowes-Lyon, the Queen Mother's older brother, who was killed in action during the Battle of Loos in France in 1915.

Aside from Muick, the Queen still owns an adult dorgi called Candy — her one remaining pet following the death of Vulcan in December 2020.

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