November 27, 2021

Queen’s five-month-old puppy dog Fergus ‘died of heart problem it had from birth’

A puppy gifted to the Queen to keep her company while her late husband Prince Philip was in hospital died of a heart defect which it had from birth, it has been reported.

Dachshund-corgi cross Fergus was five months old when he passed away at the weekend, leaving Her Majesty “devastated” just over a month after the death of her husband.

The dorgi puppy was a gift from Prince Andrew, along with a corgi, Muick.

He gave the two puppies to the Queen in February as a surprise, to cheer her up while the Duke of Edinburgh’s was unwell in hospital.

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The Queen is said to be 'devastated' about Fergus' passing
The Queen is said to be ‘devastated’ about Fergus’ passing

A source told the Sun: “Fergus had a problem with his heart at birth, but lasted much longer than they thought.

“Fergus was a special little puppy who saw Her Majesty through a difficult time of loss and grief.

“He was so affectionate and gave much joy. Muick, the other puppy, is thriving.”

The day before Prince Philip’s funeral, the Queen drove her two new puppies from Windsor Castle towards Frogmore Gardens for a walk.

The Queen named the dorgi – a Dachshund and a Welsh Corgi mix – Fergus, after her maternal uncle Fergus Bowes-Lyon, who died in France during World War I.

She named her second dog, a corgi, Muick – pronounced Mick – after Loch Muick, a lake on the Balmoral Estate in Scotland.

She walked her dogs in the gardens at Windsor Castle
She walked her dogs in the gardens at Windsor Castle

The Queen is said to be “absolutely devastated” with the dog’s death.

It comes just months after the monarch was said to be mourning the loss of her loyal companion Vulcan, another dachshund-corgi cross.

He had been the Queen’s pet since at least 2007 before he died a few weeks before Christmas.

Both are said to be bringing in a lot of noise and energy into the castle while Philip is in hospital.’

The puppies were the first corgis Her Majesty owned that are not direct descendants of her very first corgi Susan
The puppies were the first corgis Her Majesty owned that are not direct descendants of her very first corgi Susan

The puppies were the first corgis Her Majesty owned that are not direct descendants of her very first corgi Susan – which she was given in 1944 by her parents for her 18th birthday.

The Queen has always been synonymous with pets, particularly her Corgis, and has owned more than 30 during her reign.

She currently has an older dorgi, Candy, and is said to be deeply saddened by Fergus’s death.

In 2018, her corgi Willow, who was the 14th generation descended from Susan, was put down after suffering from cancer.

Meanwhile in 2012, the Queen’s 13-year-old corgi Monty was seen in a segment for the opening ceremony of the London Olympic Games alongside James Bond star Daniel Craig.

However later that year the palace confirmed that Monty – who was previously owned by the Queen Mother – had died.

Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty Magazine, described it as “fortuitous” that the Queen took on two new dogs “as a way of a distraction” following the death of her husband on April 9.

The Queen is said to have sought comfort in her pets following the death of Philip.

She walks them in the gardens at Frogmore, which span some 35 acres close to Windsor Castle.