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The Queen’s chief groom, 72, expresses pride at taking the monarch’s favorite horse to ‘say goodbye’


EXCLUSIVE: The Queen’s chief groom, 72, expresses pride at taking the monarch’s favorite horse to ‘say goodbye for the last time’ on the Long Walk to Windsor – and says the animal had a ‘sixth sense’ that Her Majesty would no longer ride her

Queen Elizabeth’s groom, Terry Pendry, has revealed his pride and honor at taking Her Majesty’s favorite horse, Emma, ​​to say a final farewell to Windsor Castle.

In touching scenes broadcast around the world, Emma, ​​24, came out to greet the monarch for the last time as the royal hearse arrived in Windsor yesterday.

Mr Pendry was seen nodding as he held Emma, ​​as the hearse carrying the Queen passed. He had placed a scarf over the saddle as Her Majesty rarely wore a riding hat.

Speaking exclusively to MailOnline, Mr Pendry, 72, who has been married to Chief Windsor for 28 years and rides regularly with the Queen, revealed how she last rode pony Fell Emma in July.

Queen Elizabeth’s groom, Terry Pendry, took Her Majesty’s favorite horse, Emma, ​​to pay his respects yesterday. He revealed the Queen went for a horseback ride in July

Emma, ​​the monarch's fallen pony, stands tall as Queen Elizabeth II's ceremonial coffin procession arrives at Windsor Castle

Emma, ​​the monarch’s fallen pony, stands tall as Queen Elizabeth II’s ceremonial coffin procession arrives at Windsor Castle

Terry Pendry bowed his head respectfully as the Queen's body arrived in Windsor for her engagement service, while Emma stood quietly by her side.

Terry Pendry bowed his head respectfully as the Queen’s body arrived in Windsor for her engagement service, while Emma stood quietly by her side.

The Queen's chief groom, 72, expresses pride at taking the monarch's favorite horse to 'say goodbye'

The Queen riding Emma on a trot around Windsor with Terry Pendry in happier times

Mr Pendry revealed the Queen last went horse riding in July, just two days before she left for Balmoral.

Mr Pendry revealed the Queen last went horse riding in July, just two days before she left for Balmoral.

The Queen's chief groom, 72, expresses pride at taking the monarch's favorite horse to 'say goodbye'

Emma was surrounded by the Queen’s staff, some of them sporting the medals they received for her platinum jubilee earlier this year

Horses were one of the Queen's favorite pastimes, although she never wore a riding helmet

Horses were one of the Queen’s favorite pastimes, although she never wore a riding helmet

Mr Pendry, who attended the service at St George’s Chapel and lives on the estate, said: “It was an honor and a privilege to have Emma with me to say goodbye to Her Majesty for the last time.

“The Queen adored Emma and rode her for over 20 years so it was only fitting that she was there and she behaved impeccably.

“I think she probably had some sort of sixth sense that Her Majesty wouldn’t ride her anymore and she made her proud by standing there so reverently.”

He continued: “The Queen has always ridden in a white sheepskin saddle, it was her favorite so I made sure Emma had that too.

“Then, for the finishing touch, I put Her Majesty’s Hermès scarf over the saddle. It was her favorite and the horses and carriages were printed on it.

‘Less is more if you ask me. I could have put on his riding crop and gloves, but I just thought the scarf was the perfect touch.

Mr Pendry said: ‘I’ve been riding with the Queen for years and the last time she was on Emma was July 18 – two days before she left for Balmoral.

The Queen riding Emma in Windsor in 2015. Mr Pendry said Her Majesty always rode in a white sheepskin saddle

The Queen riding Emma in Windsor in 2015. Mr Pendry said Her Majesty always rode in a white sheepskin saddle

Queen Elizabeth II and Terry Pendry enjoying a walk in the grounds of Windsor Castle in 2007

Queen Elizabeth II and Terry Pendry enjoying a walk in the grounds of Windsor Castle in 2007

“It’s a memory I’ll never forget, and I’m telling you something, the Queen may have been fragile like any 96 year old, but she was still as sharp as anything, she was crystal clear.

“I was right by her side and there was no indication that anything was wrong with her. The Queen was an incredible woman who selflessly devoted herself to the service of this country and the Commonwealth.

“It has been my privilege to have been a loyal servant to the Queen and I hope to continue my work for the King and there is a lot of work to do.”

Mr Pendry, who was awarded LVO and BEM for his services, added: ‘I am sad to say that I don’t think we will ever see someone like the Queen again and there are no words for express how much I will miss her.

“All I can say as a faithful servant of many years is, ‘God bless her and God save the king’. The past few days have been very traumatic, but now we must go on and continue our work.

“I’m so glad Emma and I got to say goodbye to Windsor where Her Majesty enjoyed riding so much.”

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