The Queen has told aides to look for a new pal for her lonely dog Muick after her dorgi Fergus died.
Her Majesty has asked courtiers for a list of breeders after the dachshund corgi cross died from a heart defect.
The two pups were given to the Queen by Prince Andrew.
Purchased from separate registered breeders, they were the first the Queen has owned that are not direct descendants from a corgi called Susan that she received for her 18th birthday in 1944.
It was thought the Queen had given up on owning new pets after corgi, Vulcan, died last October, but she was delighted when the pups arrived at Windsor Castle.
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Fergus was named after the Queen’s uncle, Captain Fergus Bowes-Lyon, who died aged 26 in 1915 during the Battle of Loos in France during the First World War.
Muick, pronounced Mick, is named after a beauty spot in Balmoral, Scotland.
A royal source said the Queen “would explore the possibility” of getting a new pup in the coming weeks.
The insider added: “The Queen has taken great comfort in having Fergus and Muick by her side and Her Majesty has enjoyed getting out and walking them.
“There is every possibility we will see a new arrival at Windsor Castle very soon as Muick is a livewire and I’m sure would love a playmate to keep him busy.”
Gran-of-six Denise Thomas, 60, from Hereford whose Pembroke Welsh corgi Molly is Muick’s mum, said she hoped her remaining pup would help the monarch.
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She said: “I love the Royal Family and I do feel sorry for the Queen as she’s been through so much lately.”
Buckingham Palace did not comment.