The Queen’s pony Emma will most likely be rehomed amongst the Royal Family, possibly with other equestrian lovers Princess Anne and Zara Tindall, according to a royal biographer.
On Monday the animal made an appearance at Windsor waiting for Her Majesty’s coffin, with her saddle touchingly draped with the Hermes headscarf the monarch used to wear while riding her.
Claudia Joseph told The Post that she believes Emma will go to a new home within the family, much like her corgis Muick and Sandy who will be living with Prince Andrew.
She said: “It is likely that the queen’s daughter, Princess Anne, and daughter, Zara, who were both Olympic equestrians and well-known horse lovers, are likely to be involved in what happens next to the queen’s animals.”
The 24-year-old black fell pony stood by the Long Walk on Monday as the Queen’s coffin made the final journey to Windsor.
She was accompanied by head stud Terry Pendry, 72, who worked with the late monarch for 28 years.
Some have claimed that Emma demonstrated her distress as the coffin went past by stamping her foot.
Mr Pendry told the Daily Mail: “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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Emma – full name Carltonlima Emma – was bred at the Murthwaite Stud farm in Cumbria by Thomas Capstick, who passed away in 2015.
Mr Capstick’s aunt, Mary Airey, said he would have been “so proud” to see her at Windsor, reported The Mirror.
She told the BBC: “It was lovely yesterday to see Emma with Terry.
“And – I don’t know if people noticed – but when the coffin went past Emma lifted her foot and it was priceless.”