Queen Elizabeth II’s beloved corgis await her coffin at Windsor Castle
Queen Emma’s horse was pictured waiting as the funeral procession passed through Windsor, England, en route to St George’s Chapel, where Elizabeth, who died on September 8 aged 96, will be buried.
The Queen’s two corgis, Muick and Sandy, were also seen outside Windsor Castle as the procession made its way to the chapel.
Elizabeth has owned more than 30 corgis during her 70-year reign, having received one as a birthday present when she was 18.
Muick and Sandy were gifted to the Queen by her son Prince Andrew last year, the same year her beloved husband Prince Philip died aged 99.
Andrew, the Duke of York, will look after the dogs now, following the Queen’s death. The dogs will live with him and Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, at Royal Lodge in Berkshire, England, a source close to Andrew told ABC News.
Queen Elizabeth II’s love of the breed began in 1933, when her father, then Duke of York, gifted a Pembroke Welsh corgi to the family. The future monarch then received Susan, his own corgi, and the first of a long line, as an 18th birthday present in 1944. Susan would later accompany Elizabeth and Prince Philip on their honeymoon at Broadlands in Romsey in 1947 .
It is believed that Elizabeth owned over 30 corgis descended from Susan throughout her life.
Some of the dogs included corgi-dachshund mixes called “dorgis”, which were accidentally bred after one of Elizabeth’s corgis mated with a dachshund owned by Princess Margaret, her sister.
A pack of corgis quickly became synonymous with the monarch and the staple of royal households.
“My corgis are family,” the queen once said, according to vanity lounge
Elizabeth was described by the American Kennel Club as “one of the most prolific and dedicated Pembroke Welsh Corgi breeders and ambassadors the world has ever seen”.
The Queen stopped breeding corgis for the past decade to prevent the dogs from surviving her, Monty Roberts, an adviser to the Queen, told Vanity Fair in 2015.
The last of the Queen’s purebred corgis, Willow, died in 2018.
Ferguson was reunited with the puppies later gifted to the Queen by Andrew after Prince Philip was hospitalized in 2021.
Ferguson first bonded with the Queen for dog walking and horse riding and continued that friendship even after her divorce from Prince Andrew. Royal Lodge is just a few miles from Windsor Castle, and the couple were walking the dogs in the area, the source said.
ABC News’ Alexandra Hutzler and Katie Kindelan contributed to this report.