Faithful friends to the end, Queen Elizabeth’s corgis waited for her at Windsor

Two of Queen Elizabeth’s great passions in life were dogs and horses. It perhaps should not have been a surprise, then, to see the unannounced inclusion of her beloved corgis and Emma, her fell pony, in the funeral procession.

Sandy and Muick, now in the care of Prince Andrew, awaited her arrival at Windsor Castle alongside their new master, as their late owner’s coffin slowly headed up the Long Walk.

The two dogs were a present from the Duke of York and his daughters in 2021 and watched on as her hearse drove past. The late Queen had more than 30 corgis in her life.

Her corgi-daschund cross, Vulcan, died of old age in December 2020, while Candy, another crossbreed, died at Balmoral just days before the monarch at the age of 18.

The presence of Sandy and Muick echoed that of Caesar, a wire fox terrier owned by King Edward VII. Caesar was in the king’s funeral procession in 1910, walking alongside a highlander ahead of the Royal family itself.

Also at Windsor was Emma, the late Queen’s trusty steed. Queen Elizabeth was a patron of the Fell Pony Society and rode them well into her 90s. She was photographed riding another fell pony, Balmoral Fern, in May 2020.

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