After the sudden loss of 5-month-old corgi Fergus, Queen Elizabeth II is thinking of bringing in a new furry friend to keep her other pup, Muick, company.
"The Queen has taken great comfort in having Fergus and Muick by her side and Her Majesty has enjoyed getting out and walking them," a source shared with The Mirror (reported by The Express). "There is every possibility we will see a new arrival at Windsor Castle very soon as Muick is a livewire and I’m sure would love a playmate to keep him busy."
The matriarch was gifted the two dogs in February by son Prince Andrew, in hopes that the would lift her spirits while husband Prince Philip was hospitalized prior to his April 9 death.
"The Queen is absolutely devastated," an insider told The Sun of Fergus' passing. "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."
Royal expert Penny Junor explained to The Telegraph that looking after her dogs is an important role for the Queen.
"Her bond with her dogs, though, reveals something essential about The Queen," she noted. "She is an essentially shy woman, thrust into a public role at an early age that does not come naturally to her. Around her dogs she can be completely herself, sure in the knowledge that they love her for who she is, rather than what she is. That has made them her most trusted companions."
"So yes, the sudden death of Fergus, named after her maternal uncle, Fergus Bowes-Lyon, who died in the First World War, will be devastating for Her Majesty," Junor explained.
"With almost every other person from her youth now gone – her parents, her sister, her husband, most of her close-knit circle of friends of similar age and background – it is one more blow that she will, in public at least, bear with the dignity and stoicism we all so admire in her."