Queen Elizabeth has owned corgis and dorgis (a cross with a dachshund) all her adult life

By Eric Todisco
March 21, 2021 04:45 PM
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Queen Elizabeth has decided on the names of her two new Corgis — and they both share special meanings to the monarch.

The Queen, 94, named the pups Fergus and Muick. Fergus, a dorgi (a cross with a dachshund), is named after her late uncle Fergus Bowes-Lyon, who died during World War I in 1915, according to The Sun.

Meanwhile, Muick, who was reportedly purchased for £2,650, is named after Loch Muick on the Queen's Balmoral estate in Scotland, where she and her family travel to often for picnics during their August and September breaks, The Sun reported.

News of the pets – first reported in The Sun earlier this month – came as the Queen's husband Prince Phillip was recovering from his heart operation at St. Bartholomew's hospital in London.

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Queen Elizabeth at last year's celebration at Windsor Castle
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The Queen and her new dogs currently live on the grounds of Windsor Castle alongside a small, tight-knit number of staffers during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Queen Walking Her Corgis In Windsor
Queen Elizabeth and her dogs
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The Queen has owned corgis and dorgis (a cross with a dachshund) all her adult life, but was down to her last one, Candy, following the death of another dorgi, Vulcan, late last year. 

It was thought that she didn't want to have any more dogs – in part because it risked her tripping over one of the pets and also because she didn't want to leave any young dogs behind.

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The Queen is well known for her love of corgis, but her last dog of that particular breed, Whisper, died in 2018. She had inherited Whisper in 2016 from Bill Fenwick, a former gamekeeper at Sandringham, after Fenwick's death. His late wife, Nancy, used to look after the dogs when the Queen was traveling.

One of her most famous dogs, Monty, starred in the short film that played during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games when the monarch joined James Bond star Daniel Craig for a memorable sketch.