Queen ‘absolutely devastated’ as puppy gifted to her when Philip fell ill dies

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The Queen is "absolutely devastated" following the death of one of the two dorgi puppies given to her to cheer her up when Prince Philip fell ill, it has been reported.

Her majesty has suffered fresh heartache after five-month-old Fergus died at the weekend – just over a month after the death of her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, at the age 99.

She had walked dachshund-corgi crosses Fergus and Muick most days in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

The pair were a surprise gift from her son, Prince Andrew, in February, and were by the Queen’s side when the Duke was away in hospital — and when she was mired in Megxit.

A Windsor Castle insider 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.

“On top of that there’s been the problems with her grandson, Harry.”

It was thought the Queen had given up on owning new pets after her corgi, Vulcan, died last October. Insiders said she feared they were a trip hazard.

  • Prince Andrew 'surprised' Queen with two puppies as Philip's health worsened

Fergus was named after the Queen’s uncle, Cpt Fergus Bowes-Lyon.

Prince Andrew surprised his mum the Queen with the two new puppies as her husband Prince Philip's health worsened, it has been claimed.

The Duke of York, 61, was last month slammed over reports he demanded to dress as an Admiral at the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral.

She was forced to rule that all mourners wear civilian clothes with the move set to leave Prince Harry the only senior male royal not in uniform.

Now it has emerged that the "Queen's favourite son" had decided to gift her the dogs when Philip's condition worsened, The Sun reports.

As the Queen turned 95, the family hope the new arrivals have comforted the grieving monarch following the death of her husband nearly two weeks ago.

And she is reportedly set to enjoy a "private low-key" birthday with corgi Muick and dachshund-corgi cross Fergus.

A Sun source said the two puppies were given by Prince Andrew, who bought the dogs while his father was ill in hospital last month.

They said: "The Queen did not plan on getting any new dogs as she feared she was getting too old.

  • Harry 'wasn’t acknowledged by frosty' Sophie and Anne at Philip’s funeral

"But it was Andrew who surprised his mum with two new puppies when she felt down and alone in the Castle after the Duke was taken to hospital."

Her Majesty is known to have had more than 30 dogs during her lifetime.

Meanwhile, an insider told MailOnline: "The Queen has made it clear to senior advisers that she is united with Charles and William, and was disappointed with aspects of Harry and Meghan's interview.

The Daily Star has approached Buckingham Palace for comment.

  • Queen
  • Dogs
  • Prince Philip
  • Prince Andrew
  • Meghan Markle
  • Prince Harry
  • Family

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