Queen’s beloved horse Emma bids farewell to late monarch at Windsor Castle

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Queen Elizabeth II’s beloved horse, Carltonlima Emma, ​​bid farewell to Britain’s longest-reigning monarch on Monday as the Queen’s casket was processed by Windsor Castle.

Many of the Queen’s four-legged friends, including her two corgis Sandy and Muick, made a special appearance in Windsor during the funeral procession. The black pony, nicknamed Emma, ​​stood in the grounds as the Queen’s casket walked up the Long Walk to St. George’s Chapel.

The horse was joined by Terry Pendry, the Queen’s head groom, who has held the position for the past 25 years. The stud groom bowed his head as the hearse passed, with Emma standing reverently beside him.

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The fierce pony showed off her luxurious black coat while she was dressed in a black riding blanket decorated with the figure of the queen. Emma was widely known as the Queen’s riding horse of choice, according to Pendry, who in 2020 said that “Emma has been a wonderful servant to Her Majesty and at 24 years old is still going strong as one of the Queen’s riding ponies”.

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Queen Elizabeth has been patroness of the Fell Pony Society since 1982. In honor of her 90th birthday in 2016, the Fell Pony Society surprised the Queen with a lineup of 120 fierce ponies.

in 2020, Vanity Fair reported the Queen was “daily driving” at Windsor Castle while isolated with Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh amid the Covid-19 pandemic. “She rides out every day and makes the most of this time,” said a source.

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Last April, the Queen celebrated her 96th birthday by posing with two of her all-white ponies, Bybeck Nightingale and Bybeck Katie, for a new portrait. Photographer Henry Dallal captured the new portrait of the Queen in the grounds of Windsor Castle in March, against a blooming magnolia tree.

Emma, ​​the monarch’s fallen pony, stands as the ceremonial procession of Queen Elizabeth II’s casket arrives at Windsor Castle.

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Horse racing was also a great sporting fascination for the Queen, who rode her first horse at the age of three. The Queen is said to have owned nearly 100 horses, estimated to have earned around £7 million in prize money over the years.

After her death on September 8, there was much speculation about who would inherit the queen’s herd of horses, as the queen herself had inherited the tribe from her father, King George VI, when she ascended the throne in 1952. But according to royal author Claudia Joseph, Princess Anne and her daughter, Zara Tindall, are expected to make the decision about what happens to the Queen’s horses.

Queen Elizabeth II was laid to rest in a private funeral service Monday after her state funeral that took place in Westminster and Windsor came to an end.

The Queen’s coffin is placed in George VI’s memorial chapel in St George’s Chapel, in Windsor Castle, along with her husband Prince Philip and her parents – King George VI and the Queen Mother.

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