- Publish Date
- Wednesday, 19 May 2021, 1:56PM
Queen Elizabeth II has been left devastated after one of her new puppies passed away over the weekend.
The 94-year-old monarch - who has had over 30 canine companions over the years - was given the dorgi pup, Fergus, by Prince Andrew to keep her company while her late husband Prince Philip was in hospital.
Fergus was named after her uncle Fergus Bowes-Lyon, who died in 1915 during World War I.
The death of Fergus - who was around five months old and is a Dachshund and a Welsh Corgi mix - comes within two months of the Queen losing her husband of 70 years, Prince Philip.
At this stage, it is not known how Fergus died.
A royal 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."
The Queen has long been associated with her beloved corgi dogs. Her first corgi, named Susan, was gifted to her by her parents, on her 18th birthday in 1944.
Almost all of the Queen's subsequent corgis were direct descendants of Susan - the only exceptions being Muick and the late Fergus.