The Queen uses her two new dogs to face the grief of Prince Philip’s death, friends say
- When Philip was hospitalized this year, it was revealed that Queen had two new puppies
- Queen has owned more than 30 dogs in recent years, which are believed to be gifts
- According to the royal biographer, corgis are intensely loyal and close to the queen
The queen will use her new canine companions to help her deal with her grief, friends say.
The dog-loving Monarch, who received her first corgi, Susan, as an 18th birthday present in 1944, had vowed not to have any more dogs after Vulcan, her dorgi – a dachshund corgi cross – passed away last year. It left her with just a single older dorgi named Candy.
But when Philip was hospitalized earlier this year, it turned out that she had been given two new four-legged friends, given names of special significance to the queen.
The Queen has had more than 30 dogs over the years. Her last are believed to have been gifts. (Pictured, the queen with a corgi)
The Queen has named “her new puppies Fergus and Muick after her war hero uncle and her favorite beauty spot in Balmoral.” These two puppies were posted on the Pets4Home site and match the description and how much the Queen is said to have paid for them. Pictured are corgis advertised on Pets4Homes
Fergus, a dorgi, is named after her uncle Fergus Bowes-Lyon, who was killed in action during the First World War.
The second dog, Muick, pronounced ‘Mick’, is a purebred corgi and named after Loch Muick on the Balmoral estate, a favorite picnic spot for the Royals on their summer holidays.
The Queen has had more than 30 dogs over the years. Her last are believed to have been gifts.
A source said: ‘The Queen had only one dog left at the end of last year. She had made the decision not to get more because she didn’t think it fair at her age. But it would be inconceivable that she wouldn’t have one. It’s like the Tower of London doesn’t have ravens. The new puppies are adorable. ‘
Her best-known dog is perhaps Monty, who appeared in a sketch for the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics along with his mistress and James Bond star Daniel Craig.
When news of the new dogs came out, royal biographer Penny Junor said, ‘Her corgis are hugely important to her.
“They’ve been closer to her over the years than any human. The corgis are intensely loyal and loving and have never abandoned her. ‘