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On Her Majesty’s service, best friend dies

Queen Elizabeth at the opening ceremony of the London Paralympic Games

London, Sept. 9: Queen Elizabeth’s 13-year-old corgi, Monty, which appeared in the James Bond sketch filmed for the Olympics opening ceremony, has died, Buckingham Palace said.

Monty and two other corgis greeted the secret agent, played by Daniel Craig, as he arrived at the palace to accept a mission from the Queen in a scene filmed for the curtain-raiser to the London 2012 Games.

The dogs ran down the stairs, performed tummy rolls and then stood as a helicopter took off for the Olympic stadium, carrying Bond and a stunt double of the monarch.

The death of 13-year-old Monty, which was previously owned by the Queen Mother, leaves two corgis in the palace, Willow and Holly. They too appeared in the Olympic film.

The palace confirmed the death of Monty and of Cider, a dorgi, or dachsund-corgi cross-breed. At present, the Queen owns two dorgis called Candy and Vulcan and two other Pembroke Welsh corgis called Willow and Holly, which are all descended from a dog she was given for her 18th birthday, which was called Susan.

Monty was named after Monty Roberts, the American subject of a BBC documentary, A Real Horse Whisperer.

Roberts, 77, who advises the Queen on horses and corgis, has reportedly offered her a corgi puppy to carry on the tradition.

The breed has been associated with the royal family since 1933, when the future King George VI bought his first Corgi called Dookie.

Nine years ago, Pharos, one of the Queen’s oldest corgis, had to be put down after being attacked at Sandringham by a dog.

 
 
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