Queen's five-month-old puppy Fergus died of heart problem

Queen’s five-month-old puppy Fergus died of heart problem that it had from birth after it brought Her Majesty ‘much joy’ while husband Philip was in hospital

  • Fergus was ‘bought by Prince Andrew ‘ to keep the Queen company in Windsor 
  • The puppy died this weekend, leaving Her Majesty ‘devastated’, sources say 
  • Insiders said the puppy had a ‘problem with his heart at birth’ which led to death

A puppy given to the Queen to keep her company while her late husband Prince Philip was in hospital died of a heart problem which it had from birth.

Dachshund-corgi cross Fergus was five months old when he passed away at the weekend, leaving Her Majesty ‘devastated’ just over a month after the death of Philip.  

The dorgi puppy was a gift from Prince Andrew, along with a corgi, Muick.   

The Duke of York gave the two puppies to the Queen in February as a surprise, to cheer her during the Duke of Edinburgh’s stay in hospital.    

A source said: ‘Fergus had a problem with his heart at birth, but lasted much longer than they thought. Fergus was a special little puppy who saw HM through a difficult time of loss and grief.

‘He was so affectionate and gave much joy. Muick, the other puppy, is thriving.’  

One of the puppies given to the Queen to keep her company while her late husband Prince Philip was in hospital has died. File picture of a dorgi – a Dachshund and a Welsh Corgi mix

Fergus, a Dorgi, was ‘bought by Prince Andrew ‘ to help his 94-year-old mother cope in Windsor while the Duke of Edinburgh was recovering from heart surgery. Pictured: A Dorgi puppy

Prince Andrew gave his mother the two puppies. Pictured, the mother and son at the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral

The day before Prince Philip’s funeral, the Queen drove her two new puppies from Windsor Castle towards Frogmore Gardens for a walk.

The Queen named the dorgi – a Dachshund and a Welsh Corgi mix – Fergus, after her maternal uncle Fergus Bowes-Lyon, who died in France during World War I. 

She named her second dog, a corgi, Muick – pronounced Mick – after Loch Muick, a lake on the Balmoral Estate in Scotland.

It has since emerged that the pups were ‘bought by Prince Andrew’ in a bid to cheer the Queen up. 

The puppy – who was only around five months old – died this weekend, leaving Her Majesty (pictured with some of her other dogs in 1980) ‘devastated’, sources say

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.’

It comes just months after the monarch was said to be mourning the loss of her loyal companion Vulcan, another dachshund-corgi cross.

He had been the Queen’s pet since at least 2007 before he died a few weeks before Christmas. 

The Queen (pictured with one of her corgis last year) was given the two new puppies earlier this year

In 2015 Monty Roberts, an informal adviser to the Queen, said she would no longer be replacing her corgis as she did not want to leave any behind when she dies. 

He told Vanity Fair magazine: ‘She didn’t want any more young dogs. She didn’t want to leave any young dog behind. She wanted to put an end to it.’ 

But, reporting the news Her Majesty had been given more, a source told The Sun: ‘The Queen is delighted. It’s unthinkable that the Queen wouldn’t have any corgis.

‘It’s like the Tower of London not having any ravens. They have only been there a couple of weeks but are said to be adorable and made the castle their home.

It comes after Her Majesty’s loyal companion Vulcan, a dachshund-corgi cross, died a few weeks before Christmas last year

In 2012 her dog Monty appeared alongside James Bond’s Daniel Craig in a clip for the opening ceremony of the London Olympics

‘Both are said to be bringing in a lot of noise and energy into the castle while Philip is in hospital.’    

The puppies were the first corgis Her Majesty owned that are not direct descendants of her very first corgi Susan – which she was given in 1944 by her parents for her 18th birthday.  

The Queen has always been synonymous with pets, particularly her Corgis, and has owned more than 30 during her reign. 

She currently has an older dorgi, Candy, and is said to be deeply saddened by Fergus’s death.   

The Queen walking with two of her dogs in the grounds of Windsor Castle 

In 2018, her corgi Willow, who was the 14th generation descended from Susan, was put down after suffering from cancer. 

Meanwhile in 2012, the Queen’s 13-year-old corgi Monty was seen in a segment for the opening ceremony of the London Olympic Games alongside James Bond star Daniel Craig. 

However later that year the palace confirmed that Monty – who was previously owned by the Queen Mother – had died.

Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty Magazine, described it as ‘fortuitous’ that the Queen took on two new dogs ‘as a way of a distraction’ following the death of her husband on April 9. 

The Queen is said to have sought comfort in her pets following the death of Philip. She walks them in the gardens at Frogmore, which span some 35 acres close to Windsor Castle. 

Her Majesty’s best friend: Corgi menus posted to the kitchen wall daily, food cooked from scratch and meeting James Bond – the faithful dogs that have stood beside the Queen for more than 70 years 

Smile for the camera: Her Majesty with one of her beloved corgis in 1952

By Amie Gordon and Jane Fryer for the Daily Mail  

From the moment her father gave her a dog as an 18th birthday present, corgis have provided loyal companionship to the Queen for more than 70 years. 

The dog-loving Monarch, who was given her first corgi, Susan, as an 18th birthday present in 1944, had vowed not to get any more dogs after Vulcan, her dorgi – a dachshund-corgi cross – passed away last year. It left her with just a single elderly dorgi called Candy.

But when Philip was hospitalised earlier this year, it emerged she had acquired two new four-legged friends, given names with a special meaning to the Queen.

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 pure-bred corgi and named after Loch Muick on the Balmoral estate, a favourite picnic spot for the Royals during their summer holiday.

The Queen has owned more than 30 dogs over the years. Her latest are believed to have been gifts.

Accompanying her and Philip on their honeymoon, nipping the ankles of politicians, and causing the Duke to exclaim ‘bloody dogs!’, the corgis have become well-known fixtures in royal households. 

Life for a royal dog is like no other; they run to the Queen’s room in the morning before joining her for toast and marmalade. A new corgi menu is typed and posted to the kitchen wall daily – all food cooked from scratch – and their supper will be served by Her Majesty. 

Her most famous dog was perhaps Monty, who appeared with his mistress and James Bond star Daniel Craig in a sketch for the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics.  

Prince Philip would swear: ‘Bloody dogs! Why do you have to have so many?’, to which the Queen’s stock response would be: ‘Because they are so collectable, my dear’.  

When Monty passed away at Balmoral in 2012, the Queen went into mourning and the royal standard was lowered to just half-way.   

Monty was laid to rest in the special corgi cemetery at Balmoral, beneath a specially commissioned headstone. 

In 2009, devastated by the loss of two more of her beloved pets to cancer, the Queen HAD decided not to replace her remaining corgis by breeding — as she had done for more than 65 years — but to let her love affair come to a natural end. 

Life for a royal dog starts each day with a brisk early walk with a footman. When the Queen wakes, they dash to her room and accompany her to breakfast, where they yap and jump for slices of toast and marmalade — fed to them from the table.

There’s a daily walk after lunch — the Queen in her headscarf, the dogs careering through flowerbeds and ripping up lawns — followed by dinner, dished up by the Queen, if she’s free, in highly polished metal bowls. 

All food is cooked from scratch (there was uproar in Balmoral a few years ago when the Queen suspected some of the food in the gleaming dog bowls had previously been frozen) and a new corgi menu is typed and posted to the kitchen wall daily.

Former royal chef Darren McGrady, who worked for the Queen for 11 years, said: ‘One day it would be chuck steak, which we boiled and served with finely chopped, boiled cabbage and white rice. The next they’d have poached chicken or liver. Or rabbits shot by William or Harry that we’d clean, cook, debone and chop for the dogs.’

Not forgetting their special gravy and hot scones, baked daily, served with lashings of butter and crumbled onto the floor by the Queen each afternoon. 

And woe betide anyone who pets them. At an informal Palace lunch, a well-meaning guest was rebuked with a sharp: ‘Leave them alone please. They are my dogs, they don’t like other people petting them.’

Brian Hoey, author of Not In Front Of The Corgis, a book about life with the royals, says: ‘Nobody is allowed to raise a finger or a voice to any of the dogs. They cock their legs and do what corgis do wherever they want — on antique furniture, priceless carpets . . .’

Which is why the royal staff are armed with blotting paper (for mopping up little accidents) and soda siphons (for squirting to get yapping dogs off juicy ankles).

While she has a reputation for being rather firm and fierce in other matters, the Queen is soppy over her corgis and thinks of every detail that could make their lives even more luxurious — such as special rubber-soled booties (designed by the man who invented knife-proof vests for the police) to protect their paws from all that smart royal gravel, and their Christmas stockings (filled with crackers, cakes and a strictly non-squeaking toy).

Then there is their individual doggy palaces lined up in the corridor outside the Her Majesty’s sitting room — smart wooden houses, raised off the floor to avoid drafts and filled with soft (and daily laundered) bedding.

When the Queen has a dress fitting in the Palace, she even carries a special magnet to pick up the pins to stop the corgis pricking their paws. 

The Queen with a polo-playing Duke of Edinburgh at Smith’s Lawn, Windsor Great Park in 1976

She de-fleas them herself and dispenses cough mixture and homeopathic remedies, and is heavily involved in the breeding process.

She was once asked how, given the different heights, corgis and dachshunds were able to mate. ‘It’s very simple. We have a little brick,’ was her crisp response. 

It all started with the Queen as a young girl playing in Hyde Park with her sister Margaret and a corgi belonging to Viscount Weymouth, who later became the Marquess of Bath. No one knew much about corgis then (other than they were once used to guard cattle and were sufficiently agile to see off wolves), but the princesses were smitten and started lobbying for their own.

Dookie duly arrived as the family pet at the Yorks’ London home, 145 Piccadilly, with a stump of a tail and a delight in biting politicians (at least one left bleeding from the hand).

But only when Susan was given to Elizabeth on her 18th birthday by her father did she have her own dog. Susan became the matriarch of the royal corgi line and it was the beginning of a 68-year love affair.

She went everywhere the Queen (and Prince Philip) went — their honeymoon, their bed chamber — savaging people whenever she could.

Victims included royal clock winder Leonard Hubbard — she left an inch-long gash in his leg — and guardsman Alfred Edge, who ended up in hospital after his wound went septic.

Prince Philip (who prefers Labradors) has been fighting a losing battle against royal corgis ever since. Because when Susan went up to the great dog basket in the sky, her legacy (and appalling behaviour) lived on.

Her grandson Whisky tore the seat from a Guards officer’s trousers. Corgis attacked Her Majesty’s favourite German designer Karl-Ludwig Rehse. And, in 1989, Chipper, the Queen’s favourite dorgi, was ‘ripped to shreds’ by one of the Queen Mother’s corgis.

In 1991, the Queen needed three stitches in her hand when she tried to stop a corgi fight at Windsor Castle. In 2003, Pharos had to be put down after being savaged by an English bull terrier owned by Princess Anne.  

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