Meaning behind the names of the Queen’s two new dogs is finally revealed

The Queen standing on steps with two Corgis dog-happy
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The Queen recently welcomed two new dogs to her ‘pack’ who join a long line of royal pups. But it seems that these two noble canines have been given extra special names.

By Zoë Monk

Published on the 24/03/2021, 18:00, Updated on the 04/06/2021, 15:44

Queen Elizabeth II is perhaps one of the world’s most famous dog lovers. Her devotion to Corgis is well-known, ever since she was given her first Corgi, Susan, on her 18th birthday.

Until the passing of Willow in 2018, the Queen has always had at least one dog from Susan's lineage.

Royal companions

While there are numerous photos of the Queen surrounded by countless pups, in recent months she has only had one canine companion, Candy.

But that all changed recently when she welcomed two new dogs to the family. The two Corgi puppies were hoped to keep the Queen company as her husband, Prince Phillip recovers from heart surgery.

Find out everything you need to know about the adorable Welsh Corgi.

For a while, the names of these two new pups remained a mystery. However, it’s finally been revealed that the puppies have been named Fergus and Muick (pronounced Mick). But what makes these perhaps unusual canine names extra special is the meaning behind them.

Fergus and Muick

Fergus, a Dachshund-Corgi mix, known as a Dorgi, is named after the Queen’s uncle, Fergus Bowes-Lyon, her mother’s brother. He was killed in action during the Battle of Loos in World War I, aged just 26. 

Meanwhile, little Muick was given his moniker in honour of Loch Muick on the Queen’s Balmoral estate in Scotland. Balmoral is one of the Queen’s favourite places and where she holidays each year.

Now we know their names, hopefully, it won’t be long before we get to catch a glimpse of the two new royal canines.

Stuck on what to call your new dog? Check out our tips on how to choose a name for your dog.

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