Hugh Grant has revealed he “sobbed” upon seeing the poignant images of the late Queen’s pony, Emma, watching Her Majesty’s funeral procession on Monday.
In touching scenes that were broadcast around the world, 24-year-old Emma stepped out for the last time to greet the monarch as the royal hearse arrived in Windsor.
‘Emma. Sob,” Hugh tweeted Monday along with a horse emoji — as he watched the funeral on TV and reacted to the moment.
Queen Elizabeth’s groom Terry Pendry has shown his pride and honor at having taken Emma, the monarch’s favorite horse, to bid her a final farewell.
Mr Pendry was seen bowing his head as he held Emma as the hearse carrying the Queen drove past.
He had placed a headscarf on the saddle, as Her Majesty seldom wore a riding hat.
Speaking exclusively to MailOnline, Mr Pendry, 72, who has been head groom at Windsor for 28 years and has ridden regularly with the Queen, revealed how she last rode Highland Fell Emma in July.
Mr Pendry, who attended services at St George’s Chapel and lives on the estate, said: “It was an honor and a privilege to have Emma with me to bid Her Majesty a final farewell.
“The Queen adored Emma and rode her for more than 20 years so it was only right that she should have been there and she behaved impeccably.
“I think she probably had some kind of sixth sense that Her Majesty wouldn’t ride her anymore and she made her pride by standing so respectfully.”
He continued: “The Queen always rode in a white sheepskin saddle, it was her favorite so I made sure Emma wore that too.
“As a finishing touch, I then placed Her Majesty’s Hermes headscarf on the saddle. It was her favorite and had the horses and carriages printed on it.
“Less is more if you ask me. I could have put her riding crop and gloves on her, but I thought the headscarf was just perfect.”
Mr Pendry said: “I’ve been riding with the Queen for years and the last time she was on Emma was on July 18 – two days before she left for Balmoral.
“It’s a memory I’ll never forget and I’ll tell you something, the Queen may have been as frail as 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 anything was wrong with her. The Queen was an incredible woman, selflessly dedicated to the service of this country and the Commonwealth. It has been my privilege to have been a faithful servant of the Queen and I hope to continue my work for the King and there is still much to be done.”
Mr Pendry, who has been awarded the LVO and BEM for his services, added: “I regret to say that I don’t think we will ever see anyone like the Queen again and there are no words to express how very much i will miss you.
“All I can say as a longtime faithful servant is, ‘God bless her and God bless the king.’ The last few days have been very traumatic, but now we just have to move on and get on with our work.
“I am so glad Emma and I were able to say goodbye in Windsor where Her Majesty enjoyed riding her horses so much.”
Also in Windsor to pay their respects on Monday were Sandy and Muick, the late Queen’s two corgis.
The Queen died in Balmoral 10 days ago and the country has been in a period of mourning ever since.