The Queen is ‘delighted’ having been gifted a new corgi puppy by Prince Andrew to mark her official birthday, reports suggest today.
The monarch, 95, was given two new dogs by her son in February to keep her company in Windsor while the Duke of Edinburgh was recovering from heart surgery.
However she was left ‘devastated’ last month when her new Dorgi puppy, Fergus, died of a heart problem which it had from birth.
Now, Prince Andrew, 61, and his daughters Beatrice, 32, and Eugenie, 31, have bought Her Majesty another six-week-old male pup.
The Queen is ‘delighted’ after she was gifted a new corgi puppy by Prince Andrew to mark her official birthday after her Dorgi puppy died last month. Pictured: stock image of A Dorgi puppy
The unnamed puppy was gifted to her on Thursday, on what would have been her late husband Prince Philip’s 100th birthday.
Speaking to The Sun, a Windsor Castle source said: ‘The Queen has had a rough time and she is absolutely delighted to have a new corgi.
‘She was distraught when Fergus died suddenly, but this new dog will be perfect company for Muick going forward.’
Fergus, a Dorgi, was ‘bought by Prince Andrew‘ along with a corgi, Muick, to help his mother cope in Windsor while the Duke of Edinburgh was recovering from heart surgery.
The monarch, 95, was left ‘devastated’ when five-month-old puppy, Fergus, died in May of a heart problem which it had from birth. Pictured: Her Majesty at Trooping of the Colour, June 12
Now, Prince Andrew, 61, (pictured) and his daughters Beatrice, 32, and Eugenie, 31, have gifted Her Majesty another six-week-old male pup to replace
The puppy was only around five months old when it passed away of a heart problem several weeks ago, leaving Her Majesty ‘devastated’, sources said.
It came less than two months after the Queen said goodbye to her ‘strength and stay’ and Britain’s longest-serving consort Prince Philip in St George’s Chapel.
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.
Her puppy Fergus had been ‘bought by Prince Andrew’ along with a corgi, Muick, to help his mother cope in Windsor while the Duke of Edinburgh was recovering from heart surgery (pictured with some of her other dogs in 1980)
The new pup was given to her on Thursday, on what would have been her late husband Prince Philip’s 100th birthday. File picture of a dorgi – a Dachshund and a Welsh Corgi mix
He was given along with a second dog, a corgi, Muick – pronounced Mick – after Loch Muick, a lake on the Balmoral Estate in Scotland.
At the time, a source told The Sun: ‘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.’
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.
The Queen (pictured with one of her corgis last year) was given the two new puppies earlier this year
In 2015 Monty Roberts, an informal adviser to the Queen, said she would no longer be replacing her corgis as she did not want to leave any behind when she dies.
He told Vanity Fair magazine: ‘She didn’t want any more young dogs. She didn’t want to leave any young dog behind. She wanted to put an end to it.’
But, reporting the news Her Majesty had been given more, a source told The Sun: ‘The Queen is delighted. It’s unthinkable that the Queen wouldn’t have any corgis.
‘It’s like the Tower of London not having any ravens. They have only been there a couple of weeks but are said to be adorable and made the castle their home.
It comes after Her Majesty’s loyal companion Vulcan, a dachshund-corgi cross, died a few weeks before Christmas last year
In 2012 her dog Monty appeared alongside James Bond’s Daniel Craig in a clip for the opening ceremony of the London Olympics
‘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 – 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.
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.