As anyone who was a fan of Queen Elizabeth II can tell you, her Corgis (and other dogs) were as much a part of her family as her children, grandchildren, and beyond. And as dog lovers, we have long been fans of the Queen’s love for her dogs.
Following Queen Elizabeth‘s death on September 8, one thing that we continued to go back to was what would happen to her dogs now that she was gone. And since the Queen actually had four dogs at the time of her death, we truly wanted to know where they would end up and if they would be together.
While we seem to have only gotten confirmation of what will happen to the two Corgis that were the Queen’s companions in her final days, we believe that the other two pups will be well taken care of. That being said, one of the more precious moments from Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral procession might just have been when her two Corgis and her horse paid their respects to their late owner.
As the Guardian reported,
"Queen Elizabeth II’s staff lined the street outside Buckingham Palace to say farewell to the monarch after her funeral – and it wasn’t just the humans of the royal household who were seen during Monday’s ceremonies. The Queen’s Corgis and one of her ponies were led out to witness the procession at Windsor."
Queen Elizabeth II’s Corgis and pony pay tribute to the Queen during funeral procession
While animals have played a bigger role in past royal funerals (notably that of King Edward VII during his funeral in 1910), it was still a beautiful thing to see the Corgis and Fell Pony getting a chance to say their own goodbyes to the Queen.
Muick and Sandy, the two Corgis, who will now be living with Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, were apparently given a walk around Windsor Castle before they stopped to watch the procession of Queen Elizabeth’s coffin as it headed off to its final resting place. And they were not alone in showing their respects, as “the Queen’s Fell pony, Carltonlima Emma, who was led to the side of the road at a gap between floral tributes while the coffin was driven past.” Emma could be seen with one of the Queen’s headscarves on her saddle with the initials ER prominently displayed on her saddle blanket.
In terms of tributes to the Queen, there is something to be said for something as simple and poignant as allowing at least three of her beloved animals to say their own goodbyes. And we can’t but be moved by the images from the funeral, the procession, and of course these beautiful moments where even an animal gets the chance to be a part of the pageantry.
Did you watch any of the Queen’s funeral? Did you get to see the animals as they took part in saying goodbye?