The Queen is mourning the loss of one of her beloved dorgis which recently died at Windsor Castle leaving her with just one remaining dog.
Vulcan, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi and dachshund mix, is expected to be buried at Windsor. The dog’s death leaves the Queen with just one pet, Candy, also a dorgi.
A palace source told The Sun: “Clearly the loss of a loved pet is upsetting.
“Anyone who has owned a dog knows how sad it is to lose them,” they added.
In 2018 the 94-year-old monarch appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair, photographed by Annie Leibovitz, with the two dorgis and two of her corgis Holly and Willow which have both since died.
She also famously featured with her dogs in a promotional video alongside Daniel Craig’s James Bond aired during the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games.
In April 2018 Willow was put down after a cancer-like illness. Whisper died six months later.
The Queen reportedly decided to cease breeding dogs in 2018 because she did not want to leave any behind after her death.
The monarch has owned 30 dogs, all of which have descended from mother Susan, the corgi which was given to her as an 18th birthday present.
Buckingham Palace did not comment.
News of Vulcan’s death comes just weeks after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge revealed their cocker spaniel had died.
The dog had been at the “heart” of their family for nine years, the couple said, adding: “We will miss him so much”.
Reports suggest Lupo had a role in naming the future King as the Cambridges had written a number of names on scraps of paper and invited Lupo to wander among them, eventually landing on George.