The Queen's favourite horse Emma had a "sixth sense" ahead of the monarch's death, says her head groom.
Terry Pendry revealed that the late monarch’s beloved pony appeared to know that she wouldn’t be riding her again.
Emma was ridden by the Queen for over two decades and is said to have been her favourite pony.
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With this in mind, Emma was standing waiting for Her Majesty at her funeral on Monday, as she bid a final farewell to the Queen on her way to St George’s Chapel.
The Queen’s head groom has since reflected on the monarch’s relationship with her horse.
“It was an honour and privilege to have Emma with me to say goodbye to Her Majesty for the last time,” he told Mail Online.
“The Queen adored Emma and rode her for more than 20 years so it was only right she should have been there, and she behaved impeccably.
“I think she probably had some sort of sixth sense that Her Majesty wouldn't be riding her anymore and she did her proud by standing there so respectfully.”
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He added: “I've been riding with the Queen for years and the last time she was on Emma was back on July 18 – two days before she left for Balmoral.
“It's a memory I shall never forget, and I tell you something, the Queen may have been frail as any 96-year-old would be, but she was still as sharp as anything, she was crystal clear.”
Terry has previously discussed Her Majesty’s relationship with pony Emma and two years ago described the equine as “a wonderful servant to Her Majesty and is still going strong at the age of 24 as one of The Queen’s riding ponies”.
Emma wasn’t the only one of the Queen’s beloved animals to bid her a final farewell as her Corgis Muick and Sand were also in attendance.
The young dogs – 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 the Queen’s coffin after its London procession.
The Queen owned more than 30 corgis during her reign and was known for her love of the breed.
Andrew the Duke of York and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson will now look after the Queen’s beloved corgis following her death.
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