Queen Elizabeth was reportedly inspired to name her two new dogs after a person and place she appreciates.
The 94-year-old British monarch is calling the new dorgi (a cross between a corgi and a dachshund) Fergus, and her new corgi Muick, The Sun reports. According to the outlet, Fergus was named after the queen’s maternal uncle, Fergus Bowes-Lyon, who was killed in action in World War I.
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Muick (pronounced “Mick”) was inspired by Loch Muick, a lake in Her Majesty’s Balmoral Castle in the Highlands of Scotland. A popular spot for royals to picnic and walk on the estate, Queen Elizabeth was reportedly spotted at the freshwater lake last year.
“Both naming options are extremely moving and loved by the Queen,” a source told the Sun. “Loch Muick is one of their favorite places on the Balmoral property and the family still honors the loss of Uncle Fergus in World War I.”
When the Queen Mother married in 1923, she placed her bouquet at the Unknown Warrior’s grave in Westminster Abbey in honor of her late brother, a tradition that royal brides have followed to this day, according to Hello!
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On March 5, it was confirmed that the cubs joined the royal family. The dogs were said to be a comfort to Queen Elizabeth while Prince Philip recovered from heart surgery, and before Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s revealing interview with Oprah Winfrey aired around the world.
Fergus and Muick join Candy, another dorgi owned by Elizabeth. The new cubs were reportedly gifted to the 94-year-old monarch, and are believed to be the first that the queen did not descend from Susan, the corgi she received for her 18th birthday in 1944.
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The family continued to breed dogs from Susan’s lineage, and Elizabeth owned at least 30 Pembroke Welsh corgis descended from her over the years. Whisper, the last of the royal line, passed away in October 2018.
Stephanie Nolasco of Fox News contributed to this report.