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Queen's corgis stand outside Windsor Castle to say final goodbye

Ali Condon

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Queen's corgis stand outside Windsor Castle to say final goodbye

Queen Elizabeth II's pet corgis were brought out to the grounds of Windsor Castle today to say a final goodbye to the monarch.

Following the Queen's state funeral today (19 September), in Westminster Abbey, her coffin was escorted to its final stop at Windsor Castle.

Alongside the thousands of mourners who gathered to watch the procession, the Queen's dogs Muick and Sandy were brought out to the Windsor Castle's quadrangle to see the coffin go by. Watch here:

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Since Queen Elizabeth passed away on 8 September, her dogs have been taken in by Prince Andrew, his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, and their daughters on the Windsor grounds.

As the hearse carrying Queen Elizabeth's coffin went up the Long Walk toward Windsor Castle earlier this morning, dogs Muick and Sandy were brought out by two handlers in tailcoats to join the crowds that had gathered.

Queen Elizabeth's Fell Pony Emma was also brought out to watch the procession.

The late monarch had always been famous for her love of animals - particularly her corgis. In fact, over the course of her 70-year reign, she's owned more than 30 of them.

Muick and Sandy were able to say a final goodbye to their mother, Queen Elizabeth II. Credit: Getty Images
Muick and Sandy were able to say a final goodbye to their mother, Queen Elizabeth II. Credit: Getty Images

Some of the dogs even got their fair share of screen time, having joined her in a James Bond sketch for the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony.

In 2009, the Queen decided to stop breeding dogs and eventually the once-glorious pack was whittled down to just Sandy and Muick.

After an hour-long service at Westminster Abbey this morning, lead by her son and heir King Charles III and attended by more than 2,000 people, the Queen's coffin was transported via gun carriage towards Wellington Arch near Buckingham Palace before it arrived at Windsor.

During the committal service in Windsor, the late monarch's coffin was lowered into the royal vault in St George's Chapel.

The singing of the National Anthem marked the end of the service, but the events are set to continue into the evening with the private burial service conducted by the Dean of Windsor.

The Queen is so associated with corgis that there are statues of her including them. Credit: John Green/Alamy Stock Photo
The Queen is so associated with corgis that there are statues of her including them. Credit: John Green/Alamy Stock Photo

Earth scattered on the coffin is taken from the royal mausoleum at Frogmore, and the Queen will finally be laid to rest in the King George VI memorial chapel alongside her late husband the Duke of Edinburgh.

Currently, the Duke of Edinburgh is in the royal vault, but will be moved to that it will be laid to rest beside the body of the Queen.

Featured Image Credit: Getty Images

Topics: News, The Queen, UK News, Dogs

Ali Condon
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