The Queen’s favourite pony Emma had one of Her Majesty’s silk headscarves draped over her saddle in a poignant nod to her rider – and viewers claim the faithful pet even ‘curtsied’ as the cortège drove past
- The Queen’s beloved fell pony, Emma, stepped out to greet the Monarch for the last time in Windsor yesterday
- Spotted on the side of the road with her groom Terry Pendry as the Queen’s body arrived at Windsor Castle
- He had laid one of the late monarch’s headscarves across her saddle in a personal nod to the Queen
- Meanwhile fans noticed the moment the pony appeared to stomp her feet in a ‘curtsey’ to the late monarch
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The Queen’s last Stud Groom carefully draped one of her headscarves over her favourite horse Emma as the pair went out to greet the monarch for the last time in Windsor yesterday.
Emma, a black pony, was spotted on the side of the road as the Queen’s body arrived at Windsor Castle yesterday, accompanied by Terry Pendry, who has held his position in the Queen’s household for the past 25 years.
Laid across the pony’s saddle was one of the Queen’s floral headscarves, an accessory in which the late monarch was often pictured when riding, travelling or watching the races.
Meanwhile fans also noticed the moment the pony appeared to stamp her feet in a ‘curtsey’ to the Queen, with one writing: ‘Did the Queen’s pony Emma just courtesy as the Queen passed by?!’
The Queen’s last Stud Groom and Manager to Her Majesty The Queen carefully laid one of her headscarves over her favourite horse Emma as the pair went out to greet the monarch for the last time in Windsor yesterday
The headscarf has long been a staple of the royal wardrobe with the Queen pictured sporting the accessory for decades (pictured, while riding Emma and wearing one of her headscarves)
As the Monarch’s body arrived in Windsor, her beloved fell pony Emma, alongside Terry Pendry, were seen standing to the side of the cortege
The Queen was often spotted with a silk scarf tied around her head, particularly when she was off-duty in Sandringham, in Norfolk (left, in 1995, and right, last year)
The headscarf has long been a staple of the royal wardrobe with the Queen pictured sporting the accessory for decades.
The Queen was often spotted with a silk scarf tied around her head, particularly when she was off-duty in Sandringham, in Norfolk.
The Queen was known to particularly like scarf French designer Hermes, whose prices start at £175 for a headscarf.
Over the years she amassed a collection of silk designs that would be the envy of any globe-trotting fashionista.
The pony was accompanied by the Queen’s last Stud Groom and Manager to Her Majesty The Queen, Terry Pendry, has held the position for the past 25 years
Terry Pendry respectfully bowed his head as the Queen’s body arrived in Windsor for her Committal Service, while Emma stood quietly by his side
Emma and Terry were seen respectfully standing by the side of the Cortege around the Queen’s hearse as she arrived in Windsor
Her majesty’s equestrian staff, including Terry Pendry, the current Stud Groom and Manager to Her Majesty The Queen, as well as her favourite horse, Emma, were seen paying their respects as the Monarch’s body arrived in Windsor
In the touching moment yesterday, the horse appeared to lift and stomp her feet in what some royal fans looked to be a ‘curtsey’ to the Queen as her body went past
She was believed to have a collection of their vintage pieces, as well as some custom options.
Her collection includes graphic 1960s prints, paisley prints, traditional florals and even a dog-patterned number in a nod to her beloved pets.
As well as bringing a touch of character to any outfit, the headscarf also serves a practical purpose, protecting the Queen’s carefully coiffed hair from the wind, rain and snow.
As the Monarch’s body arrived in Windsor, her beloved fell pony Emma, alongside Terry Pendry, were seen standing to the side of the cortege.
Royal fans confessed they were touched by the moment the pony appeared to curtsey as the Queen’s coffin was driven by yesterday
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
Terry bowed as the hearse passed him, with Emma at his side during the poignant moment.
Speaking in 2020, the Royal groom said Emma ‘has been a wonderful servant to Her Majesty and is still going strong at the age of 24’.
Meanwhile, 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.
At the start of the day members of the Royal Family – including Prince George, nine, and Princess Charlotte, seven, – and thousands of world leaders and foreign dignitaries congregated at Westminster Abbey for the late monarch’s funeral service.
The Queen was laid to rest for eternity in St George’s Chapel as her coffin was lowered into the royal vault following her state funeral at Westminster Abbey
The Sussexes and the Wales’ sing as Her Majesty the Queen had her symbols of monarchy removed along with her titles
The overwhelmed monarch then turned away as he said goodbye to his mother and her power and titles moved to him
An emotional Prince Andrew sat next to Sir Timothy Lawrence during his mother’s committal Service at Windsor Castle yesterday
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
Royal fans gathered in Windsor as the Queen’s hearse, surrounded by royal guards, arrived for her Committal Service yesterday
Beatrice was seen standing close to her father the Duke of York and her sister Princess Eugenie during the ceremony at Wellington Arch
Harry, who is mourning his beloved grandmother, was visibly emotional during the procession and inside the church, as was his wife the Duchess of Sussex, who was seen wiping away tears at the ceremony.
ry, who is mourning his beloved grandmother, was visibly emotional during the procession and inside the church, as was his wife the Duchess of Sussex, who was seen wiping away tears at the ceremony.
Later the Duke was seen walking solemnly on the grass outside St George’s Chapel in Windsor ahead of the Queen’s committal service, and speaking with his aunt Princess Anne and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence.
At the service Her Majesty was laid to rest with Prince Philip, along with her husband, father, mother and sister as her 70-year reign came to an end with the removal of her crown, orb and sceptre from her coffin.
Her eldest son and the new monarch, King Charles III, looked deeply moved as his mother’s remains descended on a day where he appeared tearful on a number of occasions as he said goodbye to his mother, the 12th British monarch to be buried at Windsor.
A smaller, more private burial service took place on Monday night, with the Queen’s family finally given the chance to pay their respects and mourn her passing away from the public’s gaze.
Her Majesty’s beloved horses
The Monarch’s love for horses has been well-documented throughout her reign, whether it was breeding them, attending horse races or riding them around Windsor Castle.
In 2020, Vanity Fair reported that the Queen, then 94, was ‘riding everyday’ around Windsor Castle while isolating with the late Prince Philip during the Coronavirus crisis.
It is believed looking after horses was one of her favourite hobbies, which she would dedicate herself to during her time off duty in Balmoral or on the Sandringham estate, where she would retire for some well-deserved annual time off.
She also personally named the horses who draw her carriages, such as Cleveland Bays and Windsor Greys, who are used for official engagements such as audiences, royal processions and the state opening of Parliament.
Veteran broadcaster Brough Scott, 76, told how the Queen would delight in galloping around the racecourse before the start of the festival, wearing nothing but a silk headscarf for protection.
Speaking to Katie Nicholl for Vanity Fair, Scott admitted officials were probably uneasy about the jaunts but added ‘it’s the Queen’s course, so she can do what she wants’.
‘It’s hard to believe now because of her age, but she used to love racing down the course before racing officially began,’ Scott said. ‘It shows what a different time it was.’
Looking at photos of the Queen in one of her informal Ascot races, the veteran broadcaster added: ‘It’s unbelievable to see our young monarch galloping in her headscarf, with a great smile on her face. It makes her seem so normal.’
On 10 October, Her Majesty was awarded the honour due to her unwavering and lifelong dedication to the sport in the last eight decades.
John Warren, who oversees all of the monarch’s racing and horse breeding interests, said the recognition would be the source of a ‘lot of inner pride’ for the Queen.
It saw her become the first person to gain membership of the QIPCO British Champions Series Hall of Fame within the Special Contributor category after being chosen by an independent panel of industry experts for her outstanding contribution.
Sir Michael Stoute, who has trained more than 100 winners for Her Majesty, insisted she would be ‘thrilled’ at the news.
Mr Warren, the Queen’s bloodstock and racing adviser, said: ‘I suspect that the Queen will have a lot of inner pride in being invited into the Hall of Fame.
‘The Queen’s contribution to racing and breeding derives from a lifelong commitment. Her love of horses and their welfare comes with a deep understanding of what is required to breed, rear, train and ride a thoroughbred.
Her famous purple, gold braid and scarlet colours have recorded more than 1,800 winners since her first victory with Monaveen at Fontwell Park in 1949.
This season, she has recorded more winners than she did in 1957 when she was British flat racing’s Champion Owner.
In 2020, the Monarch’s head groom Terry Pendry told Horse and Hound she was a ‘fountain of knowledge in all things equine, you might say a living encyclopaedia.’
She bred and owned the winner of every British Classic – 2000 Guineas, 1000 Guineas, The Oaks and the St Leger – apart from The Derby, but is hoping for a win at Epsom to mark her Platinum Jubilee next year.
Ten-time Champion Trainer Sir Michael said: ‘Her Majesty will be thrilled to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. She richly deserves it because her contribution has been enormous. She loves it so much.
‘I’ve found that training for The Queen comes with no pressure. Because of her understanding, her deep knowledge and her thirst for more.
‘She’s always thinking ahead – what I’m going to do with this animal? Am I going to breed it? Who should I breed it to? Temperament, speed, stamina. She’s fascinated with the whole idea and we must remember, it’s a very long time that she’s been doing it.’
Her Majesty’s entry in the Hall of Fame read: ‘The Queen’s lifetime love of horses has never diminished, with her devotion as a passionate fan, an owner, breeder and ambassador unwavering.’
It described her as a ‘treasured figurehead’ who ‘has been part of racing’s fabric for as long as anyone can remember’.
It also references the monarch’s personal views on racing which she shared in a 1974 BBC documentary.
The Queen said: ‘My philosophy about racing is simple. I enjoy breeding a horse that is faster than other people’s. And to me, that is a gamble from a long way back.’
The Hall of Fame was launched in 2021 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the QIPCO British Champion Series.
Her favourite engagement of the year was the Royal Horse Show in Windsor, which she is believed to have attended every single year since it began as a wartime fundraising event back in 1943. Last year the show was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic and went online instead.
She was also a keen horse racing fan and often delighted with her very candid reactions when cheering on her horses, lifting her fist in the air or gleefully celebrating.
In 2019, it was revealed the Queen had won £7.7million from her love of horse racing after winning more than 500 races over 31 years.
Her Majesty won 534 races from 3,205 runs over her career as a racehorse owner, across both the flat and jump races in the UK and Ireland, new research reveals.
The most profitable year came in 2016, a record year in terms of winnings, with her horses earning £560,274 across the flat and jump seasons dating back to 1988, when records began, with Carlton House her top-earning horse across this period with £772,815 in winnings.
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