Alert! Queen Elizabeth Has Named Her New Pups!
It's been a tough time to be Queen Elizabeth II. Her husband, the 99-year-old Prince Philip, recently came home after a weeks-long hospital stay; Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have departed the royal family to make their own way in the wilds of California. And, to top everything off, Vulcan—one of her last two dorgis—passed away in December, leaving the queen with just one of her beloved dogs to keep her company.
When the queen's last purebred Pembroke Welsh corgi, Whisper, died in 2018, the then-91-year-old Elizabeth announced that she was done owning corgis—a breed she's had a devoted interest in for the past eight decades. She feared tripping over the small dogs and hurting them, and she said she didn't want to leave any of them behind for others to care for after her passing.
But, in the face of so much turmoil, it makes sense for the queen to want a little extra companionship in the palace—and to want it to come from a familiar set of eyes. Therefore, the realm welcomed two new pups to the House of Windsor earlier this month, according to a report from The Sun.
And now we know their names! According to a new report Friday from The Sun, the Queen named her new dorgi—a corgi-dachshund mix—Fergus, after her uncle, Fergus Bowes-Lyon, who was killed in action in France during World War I.
The other puppy, thought to be a corgi who The Sun said was purchased for more than $3,600, was renamed Muick. Loch Muick is one of the most beautiful spots at the royals' Balmoral estate in Scotland.
"Both name choices are extremely poignant and dear to the Queen," an unnamed source told the newspaper.
Additionally, they're the first dogs the queen has owned who aren't direct descendants of her very first corgi, a dog named Susan who was a gift for her 18th birthday in 1944. According to The Sun, the Queen also still owns Candy, another dorgi who's a descendent of Susan.
"The queen is delighted," an unnamed insider told The Sun earlier this month. "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 remains to be seen whether the queen will take her new dogs out for a little one-on-one at the local playground, but because corgis are renowned for their intelligence and loyalty, we've no doubt they'll keep her entertained.
This story has been updated to include the dogs' names and to reflect that one of them is now confirmed to be a dorgi (dachshund-corgi mix).