Hugh Grant has revealed he ‘slept’ when he saw poignant images of the late Queen’s pony Emma watching the Queen’s funeral procession on Monday.
In poignant scenes being broadcast around the world, 24-year-old Emma stepped out to greet the monarch for the last time when the royal chariot arrived in Windsor.
‘Emma. Sob,’ Hugh tweeted on Monday, along with a horse emoji – as he watched the funeral on TV and reacted to the moment.
Emotional: Hugh Grant reveals he ‘sawed’ when he saw poignant images of the late Queen’s pony Emma watching Her Majesty’s funeral procession on Monday, (pictured in July)
Queen Elizabeth’s groom, Terry Pendry, has revealed his pride and honor to bid a final farewell to Emma, the monarch’s favorite horse.
Mr Pendry was seen clutching Emma, bowing his head, while the chariot carrying the queen went ahead.
He wore a head scarf on the saddle because His Majesty rarely wore a riding cap.
Speaking exclusively to MailOnline Mr Pendry, 72, who has been Head Groom at Windsor for 28 years and rides regularly with the Queen, explained how he rode Highland Fell Emma last in July .
Sad: In poignant scenes being broadcast around the world, 24-year-old Emma stepped out to greet the monarch for the last time as the royal chariot arrived in Windsor yesterday
Tough: ‘Emma. Sob,’ Hugh tweeted Monday with a horse emoji — as he watched the funeral on TV and reacted to the moment
Mr Pendry, who attended the service at St George’s Chapel, and who 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 fitting that she should have been there, and she behaved impeccably.
‘I think she probably had some kind of sixth sense that Her Majesty would no longer ride her and she did her proud by standing there so respectfully.’
Moment: Queen Elizabeth’s groom Terry Pendry reveals his pride and honor to bid a final farewell to Emma, the monarch’s favorite horse
She continued: ‘The Queen always rode with a white sheepskin saddle, it was her favourite, so I made sure Emma had the same.
‘Then for the finishing touches I put a Hermes headscarf on the saddle. It was his favorite and had horses and carriages printed on it.
‘If you ask me, less is more. I could wear her riding crop and gloves, but I thought the headscarf was the right touch.
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Mr Pendry said: ‘I have been riding with the Queen for years and the last time she was on Emma was back on 18 July – two days before she left for Balmoral.
‘It’s a memory I’ll never forget, and let me tell you something, the Queen may be as weak as a 96-year-old, but she was still just as sharp, she was absolutely clear.
‘I was right by his side and there was no indication that anything was wrong with him. Rani was an incredible woman who selflessly devoted herself to the service of this country and the nation. It has been my privilege to be a faithful servant of the Queen and I hope to continue my work for the Raja and there is much work to be done.’
Mr Pendry, who was awarded the LVO and BEM for his services, said: ‘I am sad to say that I do not think we will ever see someone like the Queen again and there is no one to express that. There are no words how much I will miss him.
SWEET: Sandy and Muick, the two corpses of the late Queen, were also in Windsor to pay their respects on Monday
‘As a faithful servant of many years all I can say is ‘May God bless him and God save the king.’ The last few days have been very painful but now we just have to keep up with our work and move on.
‘I’m just so happy that Emma and I were able to say goodbye to Windsor, where Her Majesty had so much fun riding her horses.’
Also in Windsor to pay their respects on Monday were Sandy and Muick, two of the late Queen’s corgis.
The Queen passed away in Balmoral 10 days ago and since then the country has been going through a period of mourning.
Historic: The Queen died in Balmoral 10 days ago and there is an atmosphere of mourning in the country