The Queen's beloved dogs have been a major support to her following Prince Philip's death

The Queen has looked to her treasured dogs, Fergus and Muick, for comfort during this difficult time

Windsor, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Queen Elizabeth II arrives to greet the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani to her Windsor residence on October 26, 2010 in Windsor, England. The Sheikh is on a two day State visit to the UK, the first since 1985, which is seen as important in strengthening already strongly established business links with one of the Gulf States most financially powerful nations. (Photo by Dan Kitwood - WPA Pool /Getty Images)
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The Queen has found comfort in her precious dogs following the death of Prince Philip, royal insiders have revealed. 

The Queen is halfway through her official eight days of mourning following the death of her husband, Prince Philip, but she's not going through the process alone. 

The Duke of Edinburgh died aged 99 at Windsor Castle on Friday, leaving his monarchial wife widowed after 73 years of marriage. 

Her Majesty has retreated from her royal duties to grieve the loss in private, but that doesn't mean she's isolated herself from her loved ones. The Queen is surrounded by family members during this challenging time, who have reportedly vowed to 'step up' at future royal engagements

She has also derived comfort from her beloved dogs, Fergus, a Dorgi, and Muick, a Corgi, who have provided consistent companionship for her as she comes to terms with her husband's death. 

Princess Elizabeth with her pet Corgi Sue or Susan at Windsor Castle, UK, 30th May 1944. (Photo by Lisa Sheridan/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Queen with her pet Corgi Sue in 1944 

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The adorable hounds were gifted to the Queen last Christmas after her Dorgi, Vulcan, passed away of old age in November 2020. Despite their high-status environment, the friendly pair seem to have already settled into their palatial new digs. Her Majesty is known to never be far from her canine friends, having owned more than 30 dogs over her 65-year reign. 

"It would be unthinkable for her not to have any. It’s like the Tower of London not having any ravens. The new puppies are adorable," a royal insider revealed. 

The Queen reportedly spent some quality time with Fergus and Muick on Sunday afternoon, walking them around the grounds of Frogmore Cottage after attending a closed chapel service inside Windsor Castle. The playful duo, who were acquired from a breeder, likely gave some much-needed support to Her Majesty during her first weekend without her husband. 

The Queen's fondness for canine pets has long been attached to her public persona. The monarch has been pictured with Corgis and Dorgis throughout her life, having first found joy in them as a young child. 

"(Her corgis) have over the years been closer to her than any human being," royal biographer Penny Junor said.