The Queen’s beloved Fell Pony, Emma, made a special appearance at Windsor, as the cortege arrived ahead of the committal service at St George’s Chapel on Monday, September 19. Thousands of mourners lined the Long Walk towards Windsor Castle, as the Queen’s coffin was carried towards its final resting place.
Her Late Majesty’s corgis, Muick and Sandy, also greeted the procession. Heart-breaking footage shows the animals watching the coffin of their owner being carried to Windsor Castle. The Queen had a love of horses, and she was often pictured horse riding in the grounds of Windsor.
When the Queen was out riding, she famously never wore a protective helmet. She instead opted for one of her colourful headscarves. It’s thought she did this to avoid messing up her hair, and having to get it redone in case she had an event to attend after horse riding.
In a touching tribute to the Queen, her favourite pony was spotted wearing one of her headscarves as she said goodbye to her rider. The Queen’s headscarf was draped across Emma’s saddle. The saddle pad was woven with EIIR in gold thread.
Royal fans were touched by the sweet addition, saying the moment was “very emotional”. One person tweeted: “Tears are back, as ‘Emma’ the Fell pony presents, in memoriam. How considerate to have HM’s headscarf on her saddle.”
While another commented: “Didn’t see the head scarf on Emma the Queen’s pony.. I’ve gone again.” Emma was accompanied by Terry Pendry, the Queen’s last Stud Groom. The 72-year-old has worked for the royal family for 25 years.
He told The Mail: “The Queen adored Emma and rode her for more than 20 years so it was only right she should have been there, and she behaved impeccably. I think she probably had some sort of sixth sense that Her Majesty wouldn’t be riding her anymore and she did her proud by standing there so respectfully.”
Viewers of the Queen’s funeral coverage also spotted Emma ‘curtsying’ to Her Majesty as the procession passed. Many tweeted saying they were ‘sure’ the Fell Pony gave a ‘little curtsy’, as she put one front leg behind the other.
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