Queen set to welcome ‘new arrival’ to replace dorgi Fergus after ‘devastating’ death

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The Queen has reportedly asked her aides to provide her with a list of breeders to help find a new friend for her dog Muick. The two dogs were given to Her Majesty by her son Prince Andrew while the Duke of Edinburgh was in hospital earlier this year. Just weeks after his tragic death, the Queen suffered another loss after her dachshund corgi cross is said to have died from a heart defect.

A royal source has now said the Queen “would explore the possibility” of getting a new dog over the next few weeks.

They told Mirror Online: “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.”

Another source added the corgis were helping “cheer her up” after the Queen lost her husband of nearly 74 years.

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.”

Fergus and Muick were described as a helpful “distraction” for the Queen while she was grieving.

Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty Magazine, said: “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.

“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.”

Buckingham Palace announced Philip’s death on April 9 in a statement on Instagram.

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The statement said: “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband.

“The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”

Following the sad announcement of Fergus’s death yesterday, royal expert Penny Junor revealed how corgis became the Queen’s favourite breed of dogs.

She told the Telegraph: “Her bond with her dogs, though, reveals something essential about The Queen.

“She is an essentially shy woman, thrust into a public role at an early age that does not come naturally to her.

“Around her dogs she can be completely herself, sure in the knowledge that they love her for who she is, rather than what she is. That has made them her most trusted companions.

“So yes, the sudden death of Fergus, named after her maternal uncle, Fergus Bowes-Lyon, who died in the First World War, will be devastating for Her Majesty.

“It leaves her now with just the other puppy Prince Andrew gave her, a purebred corgi called Muick (pronounced Mick, after Lock Muick on the Balmoral estate), plus an older dorgi, Candy.

“With almost every other person from her youth now gone – her parents, her sister, her husband, most of her close-knit circle of friends of similar age and background – it is one more blow that she will, in public at least, bear with the dignity and stoicism we all so admire in her.”

Buckingham Palace has not commented on reports about Fergus’s death.

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