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How the Queen’s love for dogs and horses played a special role in her funeral

  • Queen Elizabeth II was buried alongside Prince Phillip at Windsor Castle on Monday. 
  • On the final leg of her journey, the Queen’s pets played a special role in her funeral procession.
  • Bidding their last farewells were two of her corgis and her pony, Emma, who carried a subtle tribute.

The Queen’s pets played a touching role on her final journey from London to Windsor Castle on Monday.

The coffin carrying Queen Elizabeth II was transported from Westminster Abbey, where her funeral took place, to Windsor Castle by a royal procession. The casket was then lowered into the Royal Vault at St George’s Chapel after a committal service. A Buckingham Palace representative told Insider she was buried alongside her late husband, Prince Phillip, in a private service attended by friends and family, away from the public eye.

Funeral plans for the Queen have been in place for decades and were partly orchestrated by the monarch herself. As someone whose lifelong passion for animals has been well documented, it’s no surprise that they were included in the final moments of the historic day.

Her two remaining corgis caught a last glimpse of their late owner

The Queen’s two remaining corgis, Muick and Sandy, were pictured waiting patiently with two palace aides to catch a glimpse of Her Majesty’s coffin arriving at Windsor Castle. The dogs were a gift to the Queen from Prince Andrew, and the BBC reports he’s taking them back into his care following her death on September 8.

Prince William and King Charles III walked past the Queen's corgis during the funeral procession.

Prince William and King Charles III walked past the Queen’s corgis during the funeral procession.

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Muick and Sandy are the Queen’s last living corgis. However, they join a long list of more than 30 corgis who kept the monarch company during her 70-year-reign. 

As Insider previously reported, the majority of the dogs she kept were bred from one called Susan, whom the Queen received as a gift on her 18th birthday in 1944. Susan’s descendants also included a few dorgis, a mix between a corgi and a dachshund, that the Queen also kept as pets. 

The Queen’s pony carried a subtle tribute to her on its saddle

The Queen’s passion for four-legged creatures extended to a love for horses, having first started riding at the age of 3. 

As her casket reached Windsor Castle, photographs showed her fell pony, Emma, standing in a gap between thousands of floral tributes laid out for the Queen. 

A video of that special moment also showed that Emma was led out to greet the procession by Terry Pendry, the Queen’s head groom, who often rode with the monarch. He bowed his head as her casket arrived. 

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One of the Queen’s headscarves appeared to be placed upon her pony’s saddle during the funeral.

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TikToker and royal watcher Amanda Matta shared a clip on Monday pointing out that Emma’s saddle carried a subtle tribute to her late owner.

During the TikTok, which has 1.9 million views as of Tuesday, Matta said one of her silk headscarves, which appears to be identical to the one the monarch was pictured wearing during the Royal Windsor Horse Show 2019, was delicately placed on the saddle. 

Emma was one of the Queen’s favorite riding horses. In a 2020 interview with Horse & Hound, Pendry said Emma had been “a wonderful servant to Her Majesty and is still going strong at the age of 24.”

Representatives for Buckingham Palace did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.



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