Royal Family: The Queen has 3 corgis and their names are all really random

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The Queen is known to have a strong love for her pet corgis, who have been by the monarch’s side throughout her long reign.

Over the many years, she is said to have looked after more than 30 corgis and dorgis (a dachshund-corgi cross) with many descending from one family line.

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Currently, the Queen is thought to have three dogs, two of which were gifted to her just last year.

Royal Family: The Queen has 3 corgis and their names are all really random
© PA Queen Elizabeth walking cross country with her beloved dogs in 1980

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By 2021 the Queen was down to just one dorgi called Candy, after she lost her other beloved dorgi, Vulcan, just weeks before Christmas 2020.

In February 2021 the Queen was given two new pets from her son Prince Andrew, called Fergus and Muick.

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The corgi, Muick, is named after a beauty spot near Balmoral Castle, which is the Queen’s Scottish residence.

Fergus, a dorgi, was said to be named in tribute to Fergus Bowes-Lyon, the Queen’s uncle who was killed in action during World War One.

According to The Sun, a source said: “Both name choices are extremely poignant and dear to the Queen.

“Loch Muick is one of her favourite places on the Balmoral estate and the loss of Uncle Fergus in the First World War is still honoured by the family.”

The new pups were given to the Queen to keep her company while Prince Philip was recovering from surgery in hospital.

Sadly, Fergus died just a few months later from a heart defect that he had since birth.

A source at the time told the Sun: “Fergus had a problem with his heart at birth, but lasted much longer than they thought.

“Fergus was a special little puppy who saw Her Majesty through a difficult time of loss and grief.

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

Back down to just two dogs in her care, the Queen was soon surprised with another corgi from Prince Andrew and his children Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice.

The unnamed puppy was presented to the Queen on what would have been Prince Philip’s 100th birthday.

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