As the nation marks one year since the Queen’s death on September 8, 2022, there can hardly be a more poignant sight than that of her beloved horse Emma enjoying a walk in the late summer sunshine in Windsor this morning.
Terry Pendry, Queen Elizabeth’s primary caretaker, paid his own tribute to the late monarch by leading her favorite pony onto the very grounds where the monarch would have once ridden her.
An avid animal lover, the Queen loved horses and her corgis throughout her life, of which she owned many. When she died at the age of 96, her dogs Muick and Sandy were accompanied by two trusted helpers as she was laid to rest.
The corgis were a gift to the Queen from Prince Andrew and his daughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie to help her cope with the death of Prince Philip in 2021.
Following her own death, the animals were returned to Prince Andrew, and today his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, posted a photo of herself with the Queen’s beloved pets, letting royal fans know they are doing well.
The late Queen Elizabeth’s primary carer, Terry Pendry, paid his own tribute to the late monarch by leading her favorite horse onto the grounds where the monarch would have once ridden her
The corgis Muick and Sandy remained in the care of Sarah Ferguson after the queen’s death. Prince Andrew’s former wife said today: “She has entrusted me with the care of her corgis Sandy and Muick and I’m pleased to say they are doing well.”
She wrote: “As we mourn a year later, we also celebrate the wonderful times we shared with Her late Majesty The Queen.”
“She entrusted me with the care of her corgis, Sandy and Muick, and I’m happy to say they’re doing well.”
At the late Queen’s funeral ceremony last year, Prince Andrew was seen gifting a friendly pet to corgis Muick and Sandy.
It was later confirmed that Andrew, who stepped down from royal duties in 2022, and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson would look after the pets at the Royal Lodge in Windsor, where they live together.
The glossy black pony was last ridden by the late monarch in July 2022 and looked in great shape today during a September walk
A reserved-looking Terry Pendry pats Emma on the back as he takes her to the grounds of Windsor a year after the Queen’s death
Prince Andrew, 63, pictured with the Queen’s corgis as he arrived at Windsor Castle ahead of her accession ceremony following the late monarch’s death last year
Royal aides caring for the late Queen’s beloved corgis were seen giving them compassionate cuddles as the memorial service for the monarch began
Elsewhere in Windsor this morning, groom Mr Pendry appeared pensive as he led the shiny black horse Emma around the grounds.
At the Queen’s funeral last year, in touching scenes broadcast around the world, 25-year-old Emma was seen stepping out for the last time to greet the late monarch as the royal hearse arrived in Windsor.
The groom bowed his head as he held Emma as the hearse carrying the Queen passed by. He had placed a headscarf on the saddle, as Her Majesty rarely wore a riding cap.
The 73-year-old later told MailOnline, who has been head groom in Windsor for 29 years and regularly rides with the Queen, that she last rode the fur pony Emma in July 2022.
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Emma, the monarch’s fallen pony, stands before the ceremonial procession of Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin arriving at Windsor Castle last year
Terry Pendry bowed his head in respect as the Queen’s body arrived at her funeral service in Windsor in September 2022, while Emma stood calmly at his side
The Queen rides Emma through happier times during a trotting parade with Terry Pendry through Windsor
Mr Pendry, who attended the service at St George’s Chapel and lives on the property, said: “It was an honor and a privilege to have Emma with me to say a final farewell to Her Majesty.”
“I’ve been traveling with the Queen for years and the last time she was on Emma was on July 18 – two days before she left for Balmoral.”
Mr Pendry, who was awarded the LVO and BEM for his services, added: “I’m just so glad that Emma and I were able to say goodbye in Windsor, where Her Majesty enjoyed riding her horses so much.”
The King and Queen attended a special service at Crathie Kirk today to remember the late Queen’s life – and appeared moved by the warm wishes of the crowds who also gathered to mark the anniversary of her death.
Charles and Camilla made the short drive by car from the nearby Balmoral Estate to the Scottish church, where successive monarchs since Queen Victoria have prayed.
The couple then spoke to the crowd outside, who expressed their condolences and presented them with bouquets of flowers and cards. The king told them that the flowers were “wonderful” and joked with the children that they should go back to school.
Other members of the royal family were also present at the service, including the Queen’s great-nephews Samuel and Arthur Chatto, sons of Lady Sarah and Daniel Chatto, who were also in attendance. Staff from Balmoral, the Queen’s beloved Scottish home where she died, were also in attendance, walking to and from the service in the September sunshine.
King Charles III appeared visibly moved after leaving a church service to mark the first anniversary of his mother, the Queen. Camilla holds flowers presented by well-wishers
The King appeared moved as he left Crathie Kirk after paying a moving tribute to his beloved mother, as the nation marks the first anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s death today. Crowds gathered outside Buckingham Palace and army gun salutes rang out across the United Kingdom in honor of Her Majesty.
In an unprecedented break with tradition, expressing how touched he was by the country’s grief at her death, but also how proud he was of a remarkable life of public service, His Majesty recalled the long life of his mother, her dedicated service and everything she meant to so many of them.