Reuters reported that as Queen Elizabeth II’s procession arrived at Windsor Castle, there was a heartbreaking moment in the state funeral. Two corgi dogs, a breed she was well known to like, Sandy and Muick, met her coffin at the royal residence.
Emma, the queen’s black pony, was also present along the parade path. Her lifelong loves were breeding horses and horseback riding and Carlton Lima Emma more often known as Emma, was said to be her favorite horse. According to the BBC, the queen, who passed away at the age of 96, only gave up riding horses after turning 90.
Emma, the queen’s pony, lifted one hoof as the queen’s coffin passed, and it is stated that the animal appeared to have a sixth feeling about what had happened, according to the head groom. It was poignant enough that some of the queen’s animal pals came out to respect her (via the Daily Mail).
The queen hardly ever wore a riding cap, so one of her scarves was also slung over the animal’s saddle. Some royal watchers might have missed the fact that there was another memorial to the late monarch in that saddle area.
The Queen’s favorite saddle was also worn by Emma.
According to a Daily Mai, Emma wore the queen’s favorite sheepskin saddle while walking in the funeral procession. The 20 years that the queen rode Emma were justified, according to the groom of the queen, Terry Pendry (via the Daily Mail). Pendry added, “I’ve been riding with the Queen for years and the last time she was on Emma was back on July 18—two days before she departed for Balmoral,” making reference to the Scottish castle where the queen quietly passed away on September 8, some two months later, as reported by ABC News.
Pendry claimed he also gave the queen’s riding crop and gloves some thought, but ultimately felt a simple design would work better. Pendry continued, “I’m just so delighted Emma and I got to say our goodbyes at Windsor, where Her Majesty loved riding her horses so much” (via the Daily Mail).
The moving role that Queen Elizabeth’s horses played in her funeral
Many people think back on Queen Elizabeth II’s life as they mourn her heartbreaking passing. Both the queen’s corgis and her passion for horses were well-known. When the current queen was a young child, according to NBC News, someone asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up. The future queen retorted, “I’d like to be a horse. Elizabeth spent her entire life devoted to her horses.
Clare Balding, a royal specialist, stated to the BBC (via Hello!) “Horses and dogs were the Queen’s two great loves. She exposed the public to her love of racing. The Queen enjoyed visiting the stables early in the morning to watch the horses galloping and chat with all the servants. ” The reason the queen enjoyed horse racing was disclosed by Balding: “She liked the spotlight to be on others, and that was the case at the races. “Racing was such a beautiful thing for her to be able to appreciate.”
Princess Charlotte of Wales, Elizabeth’s great-granddaughter, reportedly wore a unique brooch honoring the monarch’s passion for horses. The Prince and Princess of Wales’ seven-year-old daughter donned a horseshoe brooch to honor her cherished great-grandmother.
Four horses from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police led the procession for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.
On September 19, 2022, four members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) rode on horses to lead the funeral procession for Queen Elizabeth II. According to News18, the four horses were carefully trained for the monarch’s burial and during practice runs, “weeping” troops would throw flowers at the horses to get them used to the sounds of sorrow.
The senior royals rode the four horses, George, Elizabeth, Darby, and Sir John, during the Trooping the Color ritual. According to Sergeant Major Scott Williamson of the RCMP, “the relationship with Her Majesty is fairly personal.” “We have no room for error.”
According to The National News, the queen has loved RCMP horses for more than 50 years. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police first presented the revered king with a horse in 1969; it was a mare by the name of Burmese. The publication mentioned Burmese living on Elizabeth Road during the Trooping the Colour ceremonies for 18 years. According to People, the RCMP gave Queen Elizabeth II the four horses they used: George, Darby, Sir John, and Elizabeth.