Queen’s coffin passes by her beloved corgis as monarch is laid to rest

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The royal corgis await the cortege on the day of the state funeral and burial of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, at Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain, September 19, 2022.   REUTERS/Peter Nicholls/Pool
The royal corgis Muick and Sandy await the cortege at Windsor Castle. (Reuters)

The Queen's coffin procession passed by her beloved corgis as she was laid to rest at Windsor Castle.

Muick and Sandy – one on a red lead and one on a blue lead – were brought out into the quadrangle by two pages in red tailcoats for the arrival of Her Majesty's coffin.

The dogs were gifts to Her Majesty from her son, the Duke of York, who will now look after them following the monarch's death.

The Queen’s fell pony Emma also greeted the procession, standing on grass in a gap in the floral tributes along the Long Walk.

Watch: Queen's corgis Muick and Sandy await procession carrying monarch's coffin

The Queen's corgis, Muick and Sandy are walked inside Windsor Castle on September 19, 2022, ahead of the Committal Service for Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / POOL / AFP) (Photo by GLYN KIRK/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
The dogs were brought out into the quadrangle by two pages in red tailcoats for the arrival of Her Majesty's coffin. (Getty)

The Queen owned more than 30 corgis and dorgis during her reign and was known for her love of the breed.

In early 2021, she was given two new puppies, one dorgi and one corgi, as a gift by her disgraced second son Prince Andrew while staying at Windsor during lockdown.

The puppies kept the monarch entertained while the Duke of Edinburgh was in hospital.

The Queen named the dorgi Fergus after her uncle who was killed in action during the First World War, and the corgi Muick, pronounced Mick, after Loch Muick on the Balmoral estate.

But the monarch was devastated when five-month-old Fergus died just weeks later, in the aftermath of Philip’s death.

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Britain's Prince Andrew with royal corgis as they await the cortege on the day of the state funeral and burial of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, at Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain, September 19, 2022.   REUTERS/Peter Nicholls/Pool
Prince Andrew with royal corgis. (Reuters)
The Queen's corgis, Muick and Sandy are walked inside Windsor Castle on September 19, 2022, ahead of the Committal Service for Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / POOL / AFP) (Photo by GLYN KIRK/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
The Queen's corgis await her coffin. (Getty)

He was later replaced with a new corgi puppy, from Andrew and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie for her official 95th birthday, who the Queen named Sandy.

The puppies were a constant source of joy for the Queen during lockdown, her dresser Angela Kelly said.

The Queen’s love of corgis was celebrated during Platinum Jubilee events, with a gathering of 70 corgis at Balmoral and a “corgi derby” at Musselburgh racecourse.

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The Queen looked after her own dogs as much as possible and during weekends spent at Windsor, the corgis went too and lived in her private apartments.

She fed them whenever her busy schedule permitted and also enjoyed walking the dogs.

Most of the Queen’s corgis were descended from her first corgi, Susan, who was gifted to her on her 18th birthday in 1944.