The royal corgis await the cortege on the day of the state funeral and burial of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, at Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain, September 19, 2022. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls/Pool
The royal corgis await the cortege on the day of the state funeral and burial of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, at Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain, September 19, 2022. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls/Pool

WINDSOR, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Queen Elizabeth’s black pony Emma watched the monarch’s funeral procession pass by in the grounds of Windsor Castle, where she was held on a lead by a groomsman.

Queen Elizabeth's black pony Emma watched the monarch's funeral procession pass by in the grounds of Windsor Castle, where she was held on a lead by a groomsman
Queen Elizabeth’s black pony Emma watched the monarch’s funeral procession pass by in the grounds of Windsor Castle, where she was held on a lead by a groomsman. Photo: Reuters keyframe

The queen’s two corgis, Sandy and Muick, were also brought out for the arrival of the coffin at the castle, where Queen Elizabeth was to be buried later in the day following the grand state funeral.

The queen’s two corgis, Sandy and Muick, were also brought out for the arrival of the coffin at Windsor Castle. Photo: Reuters Keyframe

Held on leashes by palace staff, the dogs patiently waited in the forecourt of the castle.

The royal corgis await the cortege on the day of the state funeral and burial of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, at Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain, September 19, 2022. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls/Pool
The royal corgis await the cortege on the day of the state funeral and burial of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, at Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain, September 19, 2022. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls/Pool

Prince Andrew – who will now take care of the two dogs – also stopped to pet them as they waited at Windsor Castle.


State funeral and burial of Queen Elizabeth
Britain’s Prince Andrew with royal corgis as they await the cortege on the day of the state funeral and burial of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, at Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain, September 19, 2022. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls/Pool

The queen, who died this month aged 96 after 70 years on the throne, had a lifelong love of corgis and horses and enjoyed riding throughout her life. It’s been revealed that the queen recently suffered a heartbreaking loss when her beloved Dachshund-Corgi cross (Dorgi) Candy passed away this summer at Balmoral in the Scottish Highlands.

Queen's corgis being looked after 'very well', says Prince William
Queen’s corgis are being looked after ‘very well’, says Prince William. Photo: Reuters

Yesterday her grandson Prince William reassured mourners that the Queen’s surviving corgis are being looked after “very well” in the wake of her death.

(Writing by Alexandra Hudson and Marie-Louise Gumuchian; Editing by Frances Kerry / Reuters and Jenni Baxter / SAPeople)