James Middleton honours Queen Elizabeth II with new name for puppy in ‘touching tribute’


The Princess of Wales’s younger brother described the former monarch’s service as “incredible”.

The nation entered a period of mourning following Her Late Majesty’s death, and more than a quarter of a million people are understood to have seen the Queen lying-in-state in London.

Billions across the world tuned in to watch Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral on September 19, one of the most watched events in history.

Britons have found their own ways to pay their respects to the monarch. And Mr Middleton, the younger brother of the new Princess of Wales, devised his own “touching tribute”.


James Middleton honours Queen Elizabeth II with new name for puppy in ‘touching tribute’. (Image: Getty/Instagram/jmidy)

When his golden retriever Mabel gave birth over the summer, Mr Middleton decided to give the puppy a name which would have delighted Her Late Majesty.

He told Hello!: “In light of recent events, I wanted a name that is a touching tribute to the late Queen.”

The entrepreneur decided on the name Bertie.

This is how the Queen’s father, George VI, was known among his family and friends.

The Queen

The Queen. (Image: Getty)

Kate and William and James Middleton

Kate and William and James Middleton. (Image: Getty)

He handed the puppy over at the charity’s National Centre near Leamington Spa in the hope of making him a companion to someone with sight loss.

The Princess’s brother said: “It was incredible that the Queen dedicated her life to service, and in many ways Bertie the dog will be dedicating his life to service too.”

He added: “I was extremely moved by the events on Monday [September 19], which I’m still taken aback by.

“It is extraordinary to see how many people’s lives Her Majesty touched, not just in our country, but in the Commonwealth and around the world.

“My eyes have been opened even wider to that.”

James Middleton

James Middleton. (Image: Instagram/jmidy)

Guide Dogs UK added that it was delighted to work with breeders like Mr Middleton to help people in need.

It said in a statement: “We are grateful to be able to work with breeders, like James, who value high standards and put the happiness and wellbeing of their dogs as the top priority.”

Almost two million people in the UK live with sight loss that has a significant impact on their daily lives, the charity noted, stressing the significance of its mission.


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