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Sad news today for royal watchers and dog lovers alike. Fergus, one of two new puppies that Queen Elizabeth received this spring, has reportedly passed away. Buckingham Palace has not commented on the death.
Fergus, a dachshund-corgi mix also known as a dorgi, joined the ranks of the Queen’s beloved canines in March, while her husband, Prince Philip was in the hospital and was believed to have been named for Her Majesty’s uncle Fergus Bowes-Lyon who was killed in action during World War I. His death comes on the heels of a difficult time for the Queen, who became a widow in April after Prince Philip passed away at the age of 99.
A lifelong dog lover, the Queen has always been known for her collection of four-legged friends, and her particular affection for corgis—in fact, she received her very first corgi, named Susan, as an 18th birthday present, and for decades, her household included at least one dog from Susan’s lineage.
In recent years, her pack has grown smaller, and after the death of her dachshund-corgi mix Vulcan in 2020, she was down to a single pooch, Candy, before she received the puppies earlier this year. Now it appears she is back down to two: Candy, and the other puppy who was given to her along with Fergus, Muick (pronounced Mick) who was named after Loch Muick on the Queen’s beloved Balmoral estate in Scotland where she and her family regularly spend their summer holidays.
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