The Queen’s beloved fell pony, Emma, stepped out to greet the Monarch for the last time, as the royal hearse arrived in Windsor today.
Emma, a black pony, was spotted on the side of the road as the Queen’s body arrived at Windsor Castle this afternoon.
She was accompanied by the Queen’s last Stud Groom and Manager to Her Majesty The Queen, Terry Pendry, has held the position for the past 25 years.
The Monarch’s beloved Corgis also made an appearance ahead of her Committal Service.
The two pets, led by two aides, were visited by Prince Andrew, 62, as he arrived at Windsor Castle ahead of this afternoon’s ceremony, which will see the Queen’s coffin being buried, surrounded by her close family.
Emma, the Monarch’s beloved fell pony, was seen respectfully standing on the side of the Queen’s cortege as the Monarch’s body arrived in Windsor
Emma was surrounded by the Queen’s staff, some of them sporting the medals they received for her Platinum Jubilee earlier this year
Two of the Queens Corgis were watching today’s sad procession from the side of Windsor Castle, accompanied by two trusted aides
The pets, who were beloved by the Queen, turned up to show their respects during the procession to Windsor Castle this afternoon
Prince Andrew, 62, visited the Queen’s Corgis as he arrived at Windsor Castle ahead of this afternoon’s ceremony, which will see the Queen’s coffin being buried, surrounded by her close family
As the Monarch’s body arrived in Windsor, her beloved fell pony Emma, alongside Terry Pendry, were seen standing to the side of the cortege.
Terry bowed as the hearse passed him, with Emma at his side during the poignant moment.
Speaking in 2020, the Royal groom said Emma ‘has been a wonderful servant to Her Majesty and is still going strong at the age of 24’.
Meanwhile, the Monarch’s last two Corgis, escorted by two royal aides walking them on a leash, could be seen quietly standing on the side of Windsor Castle.
Terry Pendry respectfully bowed his head as the Queen’s body arrived in Windsor for her Committal Service, while Emma stood quietly by his side
Emma was wearing a black riding blanket adorned with the Monarch’s cipher as she and Terry waiting respectfully by the side of the road
The Queen riding Emma during a trot around Windsor with her Stud Groom Terry Pendry in happier times. Emma stepped out to pay her respects to the Queen today
Emma and Terry were seen respectfully standing by the side of the Cortege around the Queen’s hearse as she arrived in Windsor this afternoon
Looking grave, the Queen’s second son, who was very emotional at the state funeral this morning, was seen speaking to the aides, as the two Corgis quietly trotted around them
The royal aides looking after the late Queen’s beloved Corgis were seen given them a sympathetic stroke as the Monarch’s committal service went underway
The two aides waited respectfully by St George’s Chapel as the royal mourners gathered for the Queen’s committal service this afternoon
Her majesty’s equestrian staff, including Terry Pendry, the current Stud Groom and Manager to Her Majesty The Queen, as well as her favourite horse, Emma, were seen paying their respects as the Monarch’s body arrived in Windsor today
Prince Andrew was seen speaking to the aides and giving the Corgis a sympathetic pet as he drew a breath before returning to today’s solemn proceedings
The two royal aides, in their uniforms, were seen chatting with Prince Andrew, who is visibly taking caring for the late Queen’s corgis very seriously
The Duke of York quietly spoke to the two aides who were looking after the late Monarch’s beloved pets before he headed to the committal ceremony
Her Majesty’s beloved horses
The Monarch’s love for horses has been well-documented throughout her reign, whether it was breeding them, attending horse races or riding them around Windsor Castle.
In 2020, Vanity Fair reported that the Queen, then 94, was ‘riding everyday’ around Windsor Castle while isolating with the late Prince Philip during the Coronavirus crisis.
It is believed looking after horses was one of her favourite hobbies, which she would dedicate herself to during her time off duty in Balmoral or on the Sandringham estate, where she would retire for some well-deserved annual time off.
She also personally named the horses who draw her carriages, such as Cleveland Bays and Windsor Greys, who are used for official engagements such as audiences, royal processions and the state opening of Parliament.
Veteran broadcaster Brough Scott, 76, told how the Queen would delight in galloping around the racecourse before the start of the festival, wearing nothing but a silk headscarf for protection.
Speaking to Katie Nicholl for Vanity Fair, Scott admitted officials were probably uneasy about the jaunts but added ‘it’s the Queen’s course, so she can do what she wants’.
‘It’s hard to believe now because of her age, but she used to love racing down the course before racing officially began,’ Scott said. ‘It shows what a different time it was.’
Looking at photos of the Queen in one of her informal Ascot races, the veteran broadcaster added: ‘It’s unbelievable to see our young monarch galloping in her headscarf, with a great smile on her face. It makes her seem so normal.’
On 10 October, Her Majesty was awarded the honour due to her unwavering and lifelong dedication to the sport in the last eight decades.
John Warren, who oversees all of the monarch’s racing and horse breeding interests, said the recognition would be the source of a ‘lot of inner pride’ for the Queen.
It saw her become the first person to gain membership of the QIPCO British Champions Series Hall of Fame within the Special Contributor category after being chosen by an independent panel of industry experts for her outstanding contribution.
Sir Michael Stoute, who has trained more than 100 winners for Her Majesty, insisted she would be ‘thrilled’ at the news.
Mr Warren, the Queen’s bloodstock and racing adviser, said: ‘I suspect that the Queen will have a lot of inner pride in being invited into the Hall of Fame.
‘The Queen’s contribution to racing and breeding derives from a lifelong commitment. Her love of horses and their welfare comes with a deep understanding of what is required to breed, rear, train and ride a thoroughbred.
Her famous purple, gold braid and scarlet colours have recorded more than 1,800 winners since her first victory with Monaveen at Fontwell Park in 1949.
This season, she has recorded more winners than she did in 1957 when she was British flat racing’s Champion Owner.
In 2020, the Monarch’s head groom Terry Pendry told Horse and Hound she was a ‘fountain of knowledge in all things equine, you might say a living encyclopaedia.’
She bred and owned the winner of every British Classic – 2000 Guineas, 1000 Guineas, The Oaks and the St Leger – apart from The Derby, but is hoping for a win at Epsom to mark her Platinum Jubilee next year.
Ten-time Champion Trainer Sir Michael said: ‘Her Majesty will be thrilled to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. She richly deserves it because her contribution has been enormous. She loves it so much.
‘I’ve found that training for The Queen comes with no pressure. Because of her understanding, her deep knowledge and her thirst for more.
‘She’s always thinking ahead – what I’m going to do with this animal? Am I going to breed it? Who should I breed it to? Temperament, speed, stamina. She’s fascinated with the whole idea and we must remember, it’s a very long time that she’s been doing it.’
Her Majesty’s entry in the Hall of Fame read: ‘The Queen’s lifetime love of horses has never diminished, with her devotion as a passionate fan, an owner, breeder and ambassador unwavering.’
It described her as a ‘treasured figurehead’ who ‘has been part of racing’s fabric for as long as anyone can remember’.
It also references the monarch’s personal views on racing which she shared in a 1974 BBC documentary.
The Queen said: ‘My philosophy about racing is simple. I enjoy breeding a horse that is faster than other people’s. And to me, that is a gamble from a long way back.’
The Hall of Fame was launched in 2021 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the QIPCO British Champion Series.
Her favourite engagement of the year was the Royal Horse Show in Windsor, which she is believed to have attended every single year since it began as a wartime fundraising event back in 1943. Last year the show was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic and went online instead.
She was also a keen horse racing fan and often delighted with her very candid reactions when cheering on her horses, lifting her fist in the air or gleefully celebrating.
In 2019, it was revealed the Queen had won £7.7million from her love of horse racing after winning more than 500 races over 31 years.
Her Majesty won 534 races from 3,205 runs over her career as a racehorse owner, across both the flat and jump races in the UK and Ireland, new research reveals.
The most profitable year came in 2016, a record year in terms of winnings, with her horses earning £560,274 across the flat and jump seasons dating back to 1988, when records began, with Carlton House her top-earning horse across this period with £772,815 in winnings.
Prince Andrew was seen speaking to the aides and giving the Corgis a sympathetic pet as he drew a breath before returning to today’s solemn proceedings.
It was confirmed by the BBC that Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson would be looking after the Corgis at Royal Lodge, in Windsor, where they live together.
The pets were a gift to the Queen from Andrew and his daughters Princess Beatrice and Eugenie following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.
The Queen has returned to Windsor – and will be reunited for eternity with her beloved husband Prince Philip – and was greeted with a carpet of flowers as mourners arrived at St George’s Chapel for the Queen’s Committal service.
The Sussexes and the Wales’ sing as Her Majesty the Queen had her symbols of monarchy removed along with her titles
As the crown jewels were removed, Princess Charlotte pointed and spoke to her mother as Harry and Meghan looked on
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex look at the Queen’s coffin as the Royal Family mourns her loss
The overwhelmed monarch then turned away as he said goodbye to his mother and her power and titles moved to him
King Charles III places the the Queen’s Company Camp Colour of the Grenadier Guards on the coffin as she was about to be lowered into the crypt
Tens of thousands of people lined The Long Walk and applauded as the flower-covered hearse carrying the late sovereign’s coffin slowly processed towards her Berkshire castle, where she spent most of her final years before her death at Balmoral 11 days ago.
But mourners in Windsor were asked not to throw flowers at the hearse carrying the Queen’s coffin and have instead been told to leave their bouquets by the ‘grass moat’ near Windsor castle. Security officials and event organisers have said that the flowers may spook horses, raise safety concerns, become a tripping hazard and be difficult clean up if they’re pressed into the ground.
After the final public element of her funeral, Her Majesty will be buried with her late husband Prince Philip in the King George VI Memorial Chapel. A private burial service, attended by the King and other members of the royal family, will take place this evening.
This afternoon the royal family will bid farewell to their beloved matriarch in the gothic chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle in a service attended by around 800 people.
The two aides were seen waiting for the Duke of York in the courtyard of Windsor Castle with the Queen’s last Corgis ahead of the ceremony
The Corgis were a gift to the Queen from Prince Andrew and his daughters to help her cope with the death of the Duke of Edinburgh in 2021
The two pets were waiting to pay the Queen their last goodbyes in Windsor this afternoon. They will keep on living in Windsor, staying at Royal Lodge with Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson
The Corgis and the aides were quietly waiting for the Queen in the central court of Windsor Castle ahead of the Committal ceremony
Silence fell among crowds of mourners as the state hearse carrying the Queen’s coffin turned into the Long Walk in the final stretch of her journey.
The crowds, made up of people of all ages, who flanked the Long Walk, fell quiet as the sound of drummers in the procession grew louder. Children were lifted on adults’ shoulders and camera phones were raised in the air as people struggled to get a glimpse of the scene.
Members of the congregation are expected to include the late monarch’s nearest and dearest, her household staff past and present, and foreign royal families.
An emotional Prince Andrew sat next to Sir Timothy Lawrence during his mother’s committal Service at Windsor Castle this afternoon
Princess Beatrice and her sister Eugenie pictured alongside other Royal Family members as they attend the Committal Service for Queen Elizabeth II
Princess Beatrice, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Sarah, Duchess of York, Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank pictured at the Committal Service for the Queen, held at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, Berkshire
Princess Beatrice sat next to her father Prince Andrew as the royal family bid the Queen’s farewell during her committal ceremony
A wreath from Number 10, signed by Prime Minister Liz Truss, sits close to the door of the chapel, and says: ‘For a lifetime of devotion and duty we offer our deep and sincere gratitude.’
Flowers of all kinds cover the area around the chapel, from bouquets of red roses to pink lilies to potted plants to wreaths from foreign royals.
Inside one of the main entrances to the chapel, a floral arrangement of white blossoms sits in full bloom.
Among the flowers in the chapel were lilies, dahlias, roses, and greenery including Eucalyptus and other greenery picked from Home Park.
The service, with a strong thread of tradition running throughout, was discussed with the Queen over a number of years and all the prayers and hymns were chosen by her – apart from one.
The Queen left one hymn to be chosen at the time, and after a discussion between the King and the Dean of Windsor David Conner, the hymn chosen was Westminster Abbey adapted from the Alleluyas in Purcell’s O God, Thou art my God.
Royal fans gathered in Windsor as the Queen’s hearse, surrounded by royal guards, arrived for her Committal Service this afternoon
Beatrice was seen standing close to her father the Duke of York and her sister Princess Eugenie during the ceremony at Wellington Arch
The Queen is laid to rest for eternity in St George’s Chapel as her coffin is lowered into the royal vault following her state funeral at Westminster Abbey
The Crown Jewels were poignantly removed from the casket to show that the Queen’s reign was at an end
The Crown Jeweller, left, removes the Imperial State Crown from the coffin of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II as she enters the royal crypt as a ‘simple Christian soul’
The coffin of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II rests in George’s Chapel, Windsor
The Queen’s unwavering love for her Corgis
Throughout an historic reign that spanned decades, one constant in the Queen’s life has always been her unwavering love for her Corgis, so much so the pets have become a symbol of British royalty around the world.
It was announced yesterday that the Queen, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, had died at the age of 96. She will be remembered as a dutiful monarch who put the country before her own needs and rarely showed her softer side.
However, that side was never more on display that when the sovereign was in the company of her Corgis.
Indeed, her lifelong commitment to her beloved pets helped her show a more candid side to the world, even writing ‘wickedly funny’ letters from her corgis to Jack Russells belonging to her former equerry Sir Blair Stewart-Wilson.
The world has come to associate the Queen with Corgis, and the pet, and it appears that the Monarch herself was in on the joke.
The Queen’s love of Corgis stretches back to her childhood, when her father King George VI bought Princess Elizabeth and her younger sister Princess Margaret a Pembrokeshire Welsh Corgi when she was seven.
King George brought one named Dookie home for her and Princess Margaret, after they played and fell in love with Viscount Weymouth’s own Corgi.
The King and Queen Mother tried to breed Dookie, and a few years later he had two puppies with another mate, who were named Crackers and Carol.
Susan arrived in 1944 for the Queen’s 18th birthday, and they quickly became inseparable.
The Queen loved Susan so much that she joined the Monarch and Prince Philip on honeymoon in 1947.
When the Queen gave birth to Prince Charles, newspaper columns were full of advice on how she could prevent Susan from becoming jealous of the infant prince, Kay claimed.
Susan soon began her won Corgi dynasty, with Sugar, who was Prince Charles’ and Honey, who went to the Queen Mother.
The Queen’s love of the breed quickly became one of the things she was most known for around the world.
Her Majesty owned more than 30 dogs throughout the years. Her latest, which were acquired in 2021, are believed to have been gifts.
Throughout her reign, she was photographed with the animals wherever she went.
The faithful pets would come with her on her royal tours, with royal aides attending to their every need and carrying them in and out of aeroplanes.
Her love of Corgis was so well-known even the Royal Collection began to sell Corgi-shaped Christmas ornaments, acknowledging her fondness for the breed.
Queen Elizabeth II also owned several Dorgis throughout her life, which are a cross between a Dachshund and a Corgi.
Her beloved pet Vulcan, who died in 2020, was a Dorgi.
In March 2021, she was gifted two new Corgis, however, one of the pups named Fergus died months later in May, which left the Monarch distraught.
In June, she got a new Dorgi pup to cheer her up, which was gifted to her by Prince Andrew and his two daughters, Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice.
The Monarch’s beloved Corgis lived a life of luxury that few pets can pretend knowing.
When at Buckingham Palace, the dogs slept in raised wicker baskets in a special boot room near the royal apartments, where they wander freely.
Royal biographer Brian Hoey claimed in 2013 that the dogs ate at 5pm sharp every day at Buckingham Palace, in his book Pets by Royal Appointment.
It was reported that the pups were fed a luxury diet of fillet steak and chicken breast cooked by a chef.
The carefully prepared meals were then delivered by a footman and covered with gravy which was poured by the monarch herself.
The dogs never ate tinned food and were even given homeopathic remedies when they were ill, Hoey said.
Mr Hoey said The Queen had a very hands-on approach in all aspects of her dogs’ lives. As a child she and Princess Margaret would feed their pet Corgi by hand from a bowl, he said.
She had also apparently joked that when breeding the dogs with Dachshunds she gave them a hand by ‘putting them on a brick’ as they have shorter legs.
The Royal family is well known for a fondness for dogs, but Mr Hoey claimed the Duke of Edinburgh ‘loathed’ Corgis ‘because they yap too much’. He preferred Labradors.
In 2018, Richard Kay revealed that each of the Queen’s Corgis were buried on her royal estate.
The actual burial was performed by Her Majesty’s head gardener, while she oversaw the sad moment.
Each of her beloved pups also received a headstone to commemorate their life as a loyal royal companion.
‘On it are engraved the dog’s dates of birth and death along with the moving epitaph: ‘For almost 15 years the faithful companion of the Queen,’ Kay said.
He added that the pups were all buried on the estate where they died, and their final resting places were quiet spots that were special to the Queen.
After filming the ITV documentary The Queen and her Cousins to mark the Queen’s 95th birthday last year, TV presenter Alexander Armstrong revealed the Queen wrote ‘wickedly funny’ letters from her corgis to former equerry Sir Blair Stewart-Wilson.
Armstrong told the Telegraph at the time: ‘He would write these letters from their Jack Russell to the Corgis and the Queen would write these letters back.’
He said he saw one of the framed letters hung at the house of Sir Blair Stewart-Wilson and was left ‘howling with laughter.’
The Pointless presenter said he could not remember the exact contents of the letters, but said it showed the Monarch had a great sense of humour.
Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Blair Stewart-Wilson was equerry to the Queen and Deputy Master of the Household in the Royal Household from 1976 to 1994.
Kay said Sandringham was the largest animal cemetery and was started by Queen Victoria for her Collie Noble, who died in 1887, and is where Susan was buried more than 70 years later.
One of the final photographs released of the Queen, which saw her celebrating her Jubilee in February, showcased her ongoing love for her dogs.
In the snaps, she can be seen beaming as she views cards from well-wishers, before leaning down to stroke her pet dog Candy.
Candy, a Dorgi, made a lap of the room, inspecting a small group of media representatives capturing the viewing.
The Queen said: ‘And where did you come from? I know what you want,’ which was likely referencing a treat. Then she called Candy over to make a fuss of her.
When she celebrated her Platinum Jubilee in June, the Corgis were front and centre of the entertainment, with commemorative merchandise and decorations around Buckingham Palace shared like her four-legged pets.
Soft toy versions of the breed, which originated from Pembrokeshire, and Corgi-shaped Christmas decorations have also been sold by the Royal Collection shop.
Much of the service will have a feel of looking back, repeating what has gone before, a feeling of coming full circle, with perhaps a sense of the consistency and constancy which the Queen will forever be remembered for.
Prior to the final hymn, the Imperial State Crown, the Orb and the Sceptre will be removed from the coffin by the Crown Jeweller and, with the Bargemaster and Serjeants-at-Arms, will be passed to the Dean who will place them on the altar.
The removal of the crown from the coffin to the altar is poignant, because in 1953 the crown was taken from the altar in Westminster Abbey and placed on the Queen’s head, marking the start of a 70-year reign.
At the end of the final hymn, the King will place The Queen’s Company Camp Colour of the Grenadier Guards on the coffin.
The Lord Chamberlain breaks his Wand of Office in a symbolic moment when power transferred from the Queen
The Royal Family and European royals watch as the coffin is carried towards the altar
The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is carried into St George’s Chapel along the centre aisle of the nave to the catafalque
Lena Tindall, Zara Tindall, Mia Tindall, the Duchess of Sussex, the Duke of Sussex, Princess Charlotte, the Princess of Wales, Prince George, and the Prince of Wales, stand for the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the Royal Standard with the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign’s orb and sceptre
At the same time, The Lord Chamberlain will ‘break’ his Wand of Office and place it on the coffin.
This is to create a symmetry with the three Instruments of State that have been removed.
The coffin, which will be placed on a catafalque draped in purple velvet will be slowly lowered down into the royal vault as the Dean of Windsor says: ‘Go forth upon thy journey from this world, O Christian soul.’
The Sovereign’s Piper will play a lament, A Salute to the Royal Fendersmith, from the doorway between the Chapel and the Dean’s Cloister during which he will walk slowly towards the Deanery in the Cloister so that the music inside the Chapel gradually fades.
During the service, the King will sit in the seat which was occupied by the Queen when she came to the chapel, positioned closest to the altar.
Tradition will run through the service in its music as it will feature several pieces that were also heard at the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral and other major royal events.
JS Bach’s Schmucke Dich, O Liebe Seele – Adorn Yourself, O Dear Soul – (BWV 654) a piece for organ, will be played with a number of others as the mourners wait for the service to begin.
Another will be Vaughan Williams’ Rhosymedre, a firm favourite with the royal family with the music being performed at the wedding of Diana, Princess of Wales and Charles, and at Philip’s funeral.
Nimrod by Sir Edward Elgar was heard at the Queen’s coronation in 1953 and will also be played before the committal begins.
Lord Sentamu, the former Archbishop of York, was reportedly part of the team which helped devise the original order of service for the Queen’s state funeral.
The cleric told BBC News the Queen knew the psalms by heart and Psalm 121 – also featured at the Queen Mother’s Funeral in 2002 – will be sung at her committal.
The service will end with Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in C Minor (BWV 546) played after the national anthem, which was also heard at the end of Philip’s funeral.
Prayers will be said by the Rector of Sandringham, the Minister of Crathie Kirk and the Chaplain of Windsor Great Park, and by the Dean of Windsor.
The Choir of St George’s Chapel – made up of 11 men, one woman and 13 boys – will sing during the service and will be conducted by James Vivian, director of music, and the organ will be played by Luke Bond, assistant director of music.
Much of the music at the service has been composed by Sir William Harris, who served as the organist at St George’s Chapel between 1933 and 1961, taking in much of the Queen’s childhood.
The young Princess Elizabeth would often visit the organ loft to watch Sir William play, and it is believed he taught her to play the piano.
The Dean of Windsor’s bidding, which was written after the Queen’s death, includes the words: ‘Here, in St George’s Chapel, where she so often worshipped, we are bound to call to mind someone whose uncomplicated yet profound Christian faith bore so much fruit.
‘Fruit, in a life of unstinting service to the Nation, the Commonwealth and the wider world, but also (and especially to be remembered in this place) in kindness, concern and reassuring care for her family and friends and neighbours.
‘In the midst of our rapidly changing and frequently troubled world, her calm and dignified presence has given us confidence to face the future, as she did, with courage and with hope.’