The Queen is reportedly in mourning once again after the shock death of one of her beloved dorgis just a month after the loss of her husband, Prince Philip.
Fergus was one of a pair of dachshund-corgi crosses gifted to the 99-year-old monarch by her son, Prince Andrew back in February.
The five-month-old pups were supposed to cheer the Queen up during Philip's lengthy stay in hospital, and were a source of comfort following his death aged 99.
And now, just three months after welcoming the pups into the palace, Fergus has passed away leaving the monarch "devastated".
"The Queen is absolutely devastated," a Windsor Castle insider said per news.com.au.
"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."
Her Majesty's brood has now reduced to just two: Fergus's brother, Muick — pronounced Mick — and Candy, also a dorgi.
Both Fergus and Muick were given special names. Fergus was named for the Queen's uncle, Fergus Bowes-Lyon, who was killed in WWI. Muick's name comes from Loch Muick, a favourite family holiday spot on the Queen's Balmoral estate in Scotland.
It's sure to be fresh heartache for the Queen, who in December 2020 farewelled Pembroke Welsh Corgi and dachshund mix, Vulcan.
The last of her corgis, Whisper, died in 2018 after being gifted to the Queen in 2016 when the pooch's original owner, a former Sandringham gamekeeper, passed away.
It's believed the Queen decided to stop breeding dogs in 2018 because she did not want to leave any behind after her death.
She also admitted in 2016 she was afraid to adopt any more dogs in case she tripped over them.
"The fact is she worries about too many dogs around her feet and the danger she will trip up and hurt herself badly," a senior courtier told The Express.
The monarch has owned 30 dogs, all of which have descended from mother Susan, the corgi which was given to her as an 18th birthday present.
The Queen’s corgis were said to have ruled the roost in Buckingham Palace and according to the Independent, they were served fish, steak, rabbit or chicken for dinner.
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