Corgis, Queen Elizabeth’s Pony: The Role Animals Played In The Burial

LONDON — The world watched as Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin made its way to Windsor Castle, the final resting place of the British monarch. Her two corgi dogs and beloved pony were watching too.

Elizabeth was the head of state and had important constitutional duties. But those close to her relate how she was happiest as a country woman and enjoyed the company of her animals.

So it was perhaps fitting that those three favorites were present at the finale of the ceremonial procession.

Corgis Muick and Sandy were taken outside Windsor Castle before the coffin arrived on the Long Walk, a 4.2-mile avenue leading to the castle.

And near the avenue, saddled but without a rider, her Fell pony Emma waited too.

The Queen is said to have tolerated London’s Buckingham Palace. She preferred Windsor Castle, where she could ride her horses, and was often seen trotting through Windsor Great Park. Castle staff proudly told visitors that they considered Windsor ‘home’ and London ‘the office’.

At the start of the pandemic, she moved her primary residence to Windsor — showing no interest in leaving even when restrictions were lifted. Her corgis stayed there with her.

One of the public’s biggest concerns when the Queen died was where Muick and Sandy would go. A spokesman for Prince Andrew then confirmed that they will simply change homes on the estate and move in with the prince and his ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson. (Although separated, the couple live together at Royal Lodge on the property.)

While the Queen had other breeds throughout her long life, she loved corgis above all others. She reportedly had over 30 in her life; Princess Diana once called them a “moving carpet.”

Her corgi Susan, who got her when she was 18, came on her honeymoon — and started a royal breeding line that produced hundreds of puppies. Three of those offspring would appear with the Queen when she teamed up with Daniel Craig, aka James Bond, in a sketch for the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics.

The Queen also had a lifelong passion for horses, riding in her 90s. Earlier this year health issues forced her to miss the State Opening of Parliament – an important date on the royal calendar – but a few days later she was taken to the Royal Windsor Horse Show. ridden to see her horses participate in the events.

Some of those creatures played a prominent role on Monday.

The Queen was Commander in Chief of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and helped lead the funeral procession in London by hosting four horses with the RCMP Musical Ride gifted to her during her reign.

Margaret Rhodes, a close friend and cousin of the Queen, once told the BBC: “It’s great when she doesn’t have to work for a few days, she can do what she likes, which is, being a country person, going for walks the dogs and thinks about dog and horse things.”

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