The Solemn Message Behind the Late Queen’s Riderless Horse
On Monday, September 19, Queen Elizabeth’s funeral service took place and she was finally laid to rest. Even though she lived to be 96, and indeed had a long and graceful reign, it was still a somber event, with attendees feeling the weight of her death.
As some people may put it, the world simply won’t be the same without her, and alongside all her family, friends, subjects and people who will dearly miss her are two corgis and her fell pony, Emma.
The Queen’s absence will definitely be felt by the horse, as she reportedly only rode her just a few days before her death. And as the Queen’s coffin made its final journey to Windsor Castle, her beloved horse watched on.
The Queen’s Horse Stood In Silence As the Queen’s Hearse And the Matching Procession Passed By
Yes, a picture of a crying corgi did a number on some people, but the horse, Emma, standing fully decked to be ridden but without a rider, and looking on as the procession passed, was truly touching.
Instead of a rider on the saddled horse, there was a piece of material that possibly could be the Queen’s headscarf.
It was a sweet moment, given that the late Queen had a keen love for horses and horse-riding. Her first one was a Shetland Pony named Peggy, which she received as a gift from her father, King George VI.
Throughout her life, Queen Elizabeth kept the horses and fervently attended races like the Royal Ascot or the Epsom Derby (one of her horses even won a first place trophy at one of those).
“I think this is her passion in life, and she loves it and you can tell how much she loves it,” Camilla, the Queen Consort, once told ITV.
Up until her final days, the Queen continued to ride, so it was a deeply touching symbol to include the horse as part of the procession.
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