Corgis last duty as Queen’s beloved pets line up to say final farewell

The Queen's beloved corgis were seen outside Windsor Castle as the late monarch's coffin arrived in a procession from London.

The late Queen's corgis, Muick and Sandy, were seen awaiting the cortege in a poignant appearance on the day of the state funeral and burial of Queen Elizabeth II.

The young dogs – one on a red lead and one on a blue lead – were brought out into the quadrangle by two pages in red tailcoats for the arrival of the Queen’s coffin.

The Queen owned more than 30 corgis during her reign and was known for her love of the breed.

Andrew, the Duke of York and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson will now look after the Queen’s beloved corgis following her death.

A spokeswoman for Andrew said he and Sarah, Duchess of York will take on Muick and Sandy – two dogs the late monarch received as gifts from her son.

The Queen’s love of corgis was celebrated during Platinum Jubilee events, with a gathering of 70 corgis at Balmoral and a “corgi derby” at Musselburgh racecourse.

Most of the Queen’s corgis were descended from her first corgi, Susan, who was gifted to her on her 18th birthday in 1944.

The Queen looked after her own dogs as much as possible and during weekends spent at Windsor, the corgis went too and lived in her private apartments.

Emma, the Queen’s Fell Pony, also greeted the procession, standing on grass in a gap in the floral tributes along the Long Walk in honour of her late owner.

The Queen’s coffin has been lifted from the state hearse and carried into St George’s Chapel ahead of the committal service.

The procession was led into the chapel by members of the Queen’s royal household.

Once again the King followed behind the coffin, accompanied by the Queen Consort, with the Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence behind, then the Duke of York and the Earl and Countess of Wessex.

This evening in Windsor, there will be a private interment service with senior members of the royal family, where the Queen will be reunited with her husband the Duke of Edinburgh.

The Queen’s final resting place will be the King George VI memorial chapel, an annex to the main chapel where her mother and father were buried, along with the ashes of her sister, Princess Margaret.

Philip’s coffin will move from the royal vault to the memorial chapel to join the Queen’s.


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