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Queen Elizabeth II has been delivered a heartbreaking fresh blow as one of her dorgi puppies has died, according to reports.
The 95 year old monarch is said to have been gifted the pup, Fergus, by son Prince Andrew while her husband Prince Philip was ill in hospital earlier this year.
Queen Elizabeth is said to have walked the dog Fergus, and her other new pup Muick most days around the grounds of Windsor Castle – including on her birthday, which was the first since out husband Philip in 74 years.
And now, weeks after Prince Philip’s passing at age 99 on 9 April the Queen has reportedly been left “devastated” by the death of her five month old dog.
It’s understood that the dog, which is a mix of a dauschund and corgi, passed away at the weekend.
A Windsor Castle insider told The Sun Online: “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.”
OK! has contacted Buckingham Palace for comment
The dog was named after the Queen’s uncle, Cpt Fergus Bowes-Lyon, who died age 26 in 1915 at the Battle of Loos in France during World War One.
Meanwhile, she still has pup Muick – which was named after a beauty spot in the Queen’s favourite Balmoral, Scotland – and older dorgi Candy.
The Queen’s corgis provide love and affection in times of darkness, despite her role as head of state. Prince Philip himself once referred to her method of solace as his wife’s “dog mechanism”.
Queen Elizabeth herself also once expressed how much her pups mean to her, as she said: “My corgis are family”.
Fergus and Muick are the only two dogs that are not a direct descendant from her corgi pup Susan, which she received as a present on her 18th birthday in 1944.
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Before the Queen was gifted the pups, it was thought that she would not own anymore dogs.
Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty Magazine, said of the Queen’s dogs: “The thinking was enough was enough, and that she was getting too old for new dogs and who would look after them when she was gone.”
The royal expert added to the Daily Mail: “But clearly that decision was reversed and, as it turned out, it probably is very fortuitous. I think it's useful to have these puppies in her life now as way of a distraction.”
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