Goodbye Ma’am! Queen’s corgis see her off for the last time as they wait on the steps of Windsor Castle ahead of committal service
- Queen’s beloved Corgis stepped out this afternoon during the Monarch’s Committal Service in Windsor
- Mick and Sandy, late Sovereign’s pets, accompanied by two trusted aides during today’s sad proceedings
- They will go on to live with Prince Andrew, 62 and Sarah Ferguson, 61, at Royal Lodge, close to Windsor Castle
The monarch’s beloved Corgis paid the Queen a final farewell ahead of her Committal Service this afternoon.
Her two pets, led by two aides, were visited by Prince Andrew, 62, as he arrived at Windsor Castle ahead of this afternoon’s ceremony, which saw the Queen’s coffin being lowered into St George’s Chapel’s vault.
Muick and Sandy, who were entrusted to the Duke of York after the Queen died on Thursday 8, were seen on the steps of Windsor Castle, flanked by two aides.
The Monarch’s last two Corgis, escorted by two royal aides walking them on a leash, could be seen quietly standing on the side of Windsor Castle.
The pets, who were beloved by the Queen, turned up to show their respects during the procession to Windsor Castle this afternoon
The royal aides looking after the late Queen’s beloved Corgis were seen given them a sympathetic stroke as the Monarch’s committal service went underway
Prince Andrew was seen speaking to the aides and giving the Corgis a sympathetic pet as he drew a breath before returning to today’s solemn proceedings.
It was confirmed by the BBC that Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson would be looking after the Corgis at Royal Lodge, in Windsor, where they live together.
The pets were a gift to the Queen from Andrew and his daughters Princess Beatrice and Eugenie following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.
The Queen has returned to Windsor – and will be reunited for eternity with her beloved husband Prince Philip – and was greeted with a carpet of flowers as mourners arrived at St George’s Chapel for the Queen’s Committal service.
Two of the Queens Corgis were watching today’s sad procession from the side of Windsor Castle, accompanied by two trusted aides
Prince Andrew, 62, visited the Queen’s Corgis as he arrived at Windsor Castle ahead of this afternoon’s ceremony, which will see the Queen’s coffin being buried, surrounded by her close family
Looking grave, the Queen’s second son, who was very emotional at the state funeral this morning, was seen speaking to the aides, as the two Corgis quietly trotted around them
The royal aides looking after the late Queen’s beloved Corgis were seen given them a sympathetic stroke as the Monarch’s committal service went underway
The two aides waited respectfully by St George’s Chapel as the royal mourners gathered for the Queen’s committal service this afternoon
The two royal aides, in their uniforms, were seen chatting with Prince Andrew, who is visibly taking caring for the late Queen’s corgis very seriously
Prince Andrew was seen speaking to the aides and giving the Corgis a sympathetic pet as he drew a breath before returning to today’s solemn proceedings
The Duke of York quietly spoke to the two aides who were looking after the late Monarch’s beloved pets before he headed to the committal ceremony
The two pets were waiting to pay the Queen their last goodbyes in Windsor this afternoon. They will keep on living in Windsor, staying at Royal Lodge with Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson
The two aides were seen waiting for the Duke of York in the courtyard of Windsor Castle with the Queen’s last Corgis ahead of the ceremony
The Corgis were a gift to the Queen from Prince Andrew and his daughters to help her cope with the death of the Duke of Edinburgh in 2021
Tens of thousands of people lined The Long Walk and applauded as the flower-covered hearse carrying the late sovereign’s coffin slowly processed towards her Berkshire castle, where she spent most of her final years before her death at Balmoral 11 days ago.
But mourners in Windsor were asked not to throw flowers at the hearse carrying the Queen’s coffin and have instead been told to leave their bouquets by the ‘grass moat’ near Windsor castle. Security officials and event organisers have said that the flowers may spook horses, raise safety concerns, become a tripping hazard and be difficult clean up if they’re pressed into the ground.
After the final public element of her funeral, Her Majesty will be buried with her late husband Prince Philip in the King George VI Memorial Chapel. A private burial service, attended by the King and other members of the royal family, will take place this evening.
The Sussexes and the Wales’ sing as Her Majesty the Queen had her symbols of monarchy removed along with her titles
As the crown jewels were removed, Princess Charlotte pointed and spoke to her mother as Harry and Meghan looked on
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex look at the Queen’s coffin as the Royal Family mourns her loss
The overwhelmed monarch then turned away as he said goodbye to his mother and her power and titles moved to him
King Charles III places the the Queen’s Company Camp Colour of the Grenadier Guards on the coffin as she was about to be lowered into the crypt
This afternoon the royal family will bid farewell to their beloved matriarch in the gothic chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle in a service attended by around 800 people.
Silence fell among crowds of mourners as the state hearse carrying the Queen’s coffin turned into the Long Walk in the final stretch of her journey.
The crowds, made up of people of all ages, who flanked the Long Walk, fell quiet as the sound of drummers in the procession grew louder. Children were lifted on adults’ shoulders and camera phones were raised in the air as people struggled to get a glimpse of the scene.
Members of the congregation are expected to include the late monarch’s nearest and dearest, her household staff past and present, and foreign royal families.
The Corgis and the aides were quietly waiting for the Queen in the central court of Windsor Castle ahead of the Committal ceremony
Princess Beatrice and her sister Eugenie pictured alongside other Royal Family members as they attend the Committal Service for Queen Elizabeth II
An emotional Prince Andrew sat next to Sir Timothy Lawrence during his mother’s committal Service at Windsor Castle this afternoon
Princess Beatrice, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Sarah, Duchess of York, Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank pictured at the Committal Service for the Queen, held at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, Berkshire
Princess Beatrice sat next to her father Prince Andrew as the royal family bid the Queen’s farewell during her committal ceremony
Royal fans gathered in Windsor as the Queen’s hearse, surrounded by royal guards, arrived for her Committal Service this afternoon
A wreath from Number 10, signed by Prime Minister Liz Truss, sits close to the door of the chapel, and says: ‘For a lifetime of devotion and duty we offer our deep and sincere gratitude.’
Flowers of all kinds cover the area around the chapel, from bouquets of red roses to pink lilies to potted plants to wreaths from foreign royals.
Inside one of the main entrances to the chapel, a floral arrangement of white blossoms sits in full bloom.
Among the flowers in the chapel were lilies, dahlias, roses, and greenery including Eucalyptus and other greenery picked from Home Park.
The Queen’s unwavering love for her Corgis
Throughout an historic reign that spanned decades, one constant in the Queen‘s life has always been her unwavering love for her Corgis, so much so the pets have become a symbol of British royalty around the world.
It was announced yesterday that the Queen, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, had died at the age of 96. She will be remembered as a dutiful monarch who put the country before her own needs and rarely showed her softer side.
However, that side was never more on display that when the sovereign was in the company of her Corgis.
Indeed, her lifelong commitment to her beloved pets helped her show a more candid side to the world, even writing ‘wickedly funny’ letters from her corgis to Jack Russells belonging to her former equerry Sir Blair Stewart-Wilson.
The world has come to associate the Queen with Corgis, and the pet, and it appears that the Monarch herself was in on the joke.
The Queen’s love of Corgis stretches back to her childhood, when her father King George VI bought Princess Elizabeth and her younger sister Princess Margaret a Pembrokeshire Welsh Corgi when she was seven.
King George brought one named Dookie home for her and Princess Margaret, after they played and fell in love with Viscount Weymouth’s own Corgi.
The King and Queen Mother tried to breed Dookie, and a few years later he had two puppies with another mate, who were named Crackers and Carol.
Susan arrived in 1944 for the Queen’s 18th birthday, and they quickly became inseparable.
The Queen loved Susan so much that she joined the Monarch and Prince Philip on honeymoon in 1947.
When the Queen gave birth to Prince Charles, newspaper columns were full of advice on how she could prevent Susan from becoming jealous of the infant prince, Kay claimed.
Susan soon began her won Corgi dynasty, with Sugar, who was Prince Charles’ and Honey, who went to the Queen Mother.
The Queen’s love of the breed quickly became one of the things she was most known for around the world.
Her Majesty owned more than 30 dogs throughout the years. Her latest, which were acquired in 2021, are believed to have been gifts.
Throughout her reign, she was photographed with the animals wherever she went.
The faithful pets would come with her on her royal tours, with royal aides attending to their every need and carrying them in and out of aeroplanes.
Her love of Corgis was so well-known even the Royal Collection began to sell Corgi-shaped Christmas ornaments, acknowledging her fondness for the breed.
Queen Elizabeth II also owned several Dorgis throughout her life, which are a cross between a Dachshund and a Corgi.
Her beloved pet Vulcan, who died in 2020, was a Dorgi.
In March 2021, she was gifted two new Corgis, however, one of the pups named Fergus died months later in May, which left the Monarch distraught.
In June, she got a new Dorgi pup to cheer her up, which was gifted to her by Prince Andrew and his two daughters, Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice.
The Monarch’s beloved Corgis lived a life of luxury that few pets can pretend knowing.
When at Buckingham Palace, the dogs slept in raised wicker baskets in a special boot room near the royal apartments, where they wander freely.
Royal biographer Brian Hoey claimed in 2013 that the dogs ate at 5pm sharp every day at Buckingham Palace, in his book Pets by Royal Appointment.
It was reported that the pups were fed a luxury diet of fillet steak and chicken breast cooked by a chef.
The carefully prepared meals were then delivered by a footman and covered with gravy which was poured by the monarch herself.
The dogs never ate tinned food and were even given homeopathic remedies when they were ill, Hoey said.
Mr Hoey said The Queen had a very hands-on approach in all aspects of her dogs’ lives. As a child she and Princess Margaret would feed their pet Corgi by hand from a bowl, he said.
She had also apparently joked that when breeding the dogs with Dachshunds she gave them a hand by ‘putting them on a brick’ as they have shorter legs.
The Royal family is well known for a fondness for dogs, but Mr Hoey claimed the Duke of Edinburgh ‘loathed’ Corgis ‘because they yap too much’. He preferred Labradors.
In 2018, Richard Kay revealed that each of the Queen’s Corgis were buried on her royal estate.
The actual burial was performed by Her Majesty’s head gardener, while she oversaw the sad moment.
Each of her beloved pups also received a headstone to commemorate their life as a loyal royal companion.
‘On it are engraved the dog’s dates of birth and death along with the moving epitaph: ‘For almost 15 years the faithful companion of the Queen,’ Kay said.
He added that the pups were all buried on the estate where they died, and their final resting places were quiet spots that were special to the Queen.
After filming the ITV documentary The Queen and her Cousins to mark the Queen’s 95th birthday last year, TV presenter Alexander Armstrong revealed the Queen wrote ‘wickedly funny’ letters from her corgis to former equerry Sir Blair Stewart-Wilson.
Armstrong told the Telegraph at the time: ‘He would write these letters from their Jack Russell to the Corgis and the Queen would write these letters back.’
He said he saw one of the framed letters hung at the house of Sir Blair Stewart-Wilson and was left ‘howling with laughter.’
The Pointless presenter said he could not remember the exact contents of the letters, but said it showed the Monarch had a great sense of humour.
Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Blair Stewart-Wilson was equerry to the Queen and Deputy Master of the Household in the Royal Household from 1976 to 1994.
Kay said Sandringham was the largest animal cemetery and was started by Queen Victoria for her Collie Noble, who died in 1887, and is where Susan was buried more than 70 years later.
One of the final photographs released of the Queen, which saw her celebrating her Jubilee in February, showcased her ongoing love for her dogs.
In the snaps, she can be seen beaming as she views cards from well-wishers, before leaning down to stroke her pet dog Candy.
Candy, a Dorgi, made a lap of the room, inspecting a small group of media representatives capturing the viewing.
The Queen said: ‘And where did you come from? I know what you want,’ which was likely referencing a treat. Then she called Candy over to make a fuss of her.
When she celebrated her Platinum Jubilee in June, the Corgis were front and centre of the entertainment, with commemorative merchandise and decorations around Buckingham Palace shared like her four-legged pets.
Soft toy versions of the breed, which originated from Pembrokeshire, and Corgi-shaped Christmas decorations have also been sold by the Royal Collection shop.
The service, with a strong thread of tradition running throughout, was discussed with the Queen over a number of years and all the prayers and hymns were chosen by her – apart from one.
The Queen left one hymn to be chosen at the time, and after a discussion between the King and the Dean of Windsor David Conner, the hymn chosen was Westminster Abbey adapted from the Alleluyas in Purcell’s O God, Thou art my God.
Much of the service will have a feel of looking back, repeating what has gone before, a feeling of coming full circle, with perhaps a sense of the consistency and constancy which the Queen will forever be remembered for.
Prior to the final hymn, the Imperial State Crown, the Orb and the Sceptre will be removed from the coffin by the Crown Jeweller and, with the Bargemaster and Serjeants-at-Arms, will be passed to the Dean who will place them on the altar.
The removal of the crown from the coffin to the altar is poignant, because in 1953 the crown was taken from the altar in Westminster Abbey and placed on the Queen’s head, marking the start of a 70-year reign.
At the end of the final hymn, the King will place The Queen’s Company Camp Colour of the Grenadier Guards on the coffin.