Queen Elizabeth’s last pets were brought out to say goodbye to the monarch as her coffin was driven to its final resting place at Windsor Castle.
A well-known animal lover, particularly dogs and horses, Queen Emma’s corgis and pony waited for her funeral procession to pass the late monarch with a sweet gesture.
Queen Elizabeth II has long loved corgis and owned more than 30 during her time on the British throne.
At the time of her death on September 8, the Queen had four dogs, including two corgis named Muick and Sandy, a dorgi named Candy, and two cocker spaniels.
Muick and Sandy were taken to Windsor Castle to await the passage of the State hearse carrying the Queen’s coffin en route to the surrender service at St George’s Chapel.
The puppies waited patiently with the palace staff outside, keeping a close eye on what was going on.
They were also comforted by Prince Andrew, who gave the dogs to his mother and will look after them after her death.
The Queen’s fur pony, Emma, was also spotted waiting for her old friend as she stood next to stud groom and Windsor Castle manager Terry Pendry.
The 26-year-old pony was one of the Queen’s favorite horses and was spotted with Emma just last month.
The welfare of the Queen’s pets was a major concern for people around the world in the hours after her death, and many reacted to the touching moment at Windsor.
“The front corgi sad face had me,” one person wrote on Twitter.
Another added, “Seeing the Queen’s corgis waiting for her makes me UNGED.”
And a third commented: “I cried openly as the Queen’s corgis and pony waited for them at Windsor Castle.”
Queen Elizabeth fell in love with the Corgi breed when she was still a princess and her father, King George VI, gave her a Corgi for her 18th birthday.
The Queen, named Susan, bred all her beloved pets and all subsequent Royal Corgis descended from her.
The late Queen also helped create a new breed of dog called the Dorgi, which is a combination of the Corgi and Daschund. The dorgi came about when one of the Queen’s corgis mated with Princess Margaret’s dachshund Pipkin to create a cross between the two.
Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8 and her state funeral was held at Westminster Abbey in London on Monday.
Her coffin was then taken in a procession past London landmarks including Buckingham Palace before being placed in the state hearse for the journey to Windsor Castle.
Thousands of people lined the streets of London and the route to Windsor to bid Britain’s longest-serving monarch goodbye.
Queen Elizabeth was buried alongside her father, mother and sister in the Royal Vault in George VI Chapel at Windsor Castle.
Her late husband Philip, who died last year, is being transferred from his position in the Royal Vault to be laid next to his wife, with whom he was 74.
https://www.newsweek.com/queen-elizabeth-corgis-horse-dogs-funeral-1744173 The Queen’s corgis appear for the final farewell as the funeral procession approaches