The Queen’s corgi who made a guest appearance in the Olympic video alongside his royal mistress and James Bond, has died aged 13.
Monty was one of the three corgis that greeted 007 (aka Daniel Craig) in the London 2012 opening ceremony film. The dogs then followed Her Majesty and the British spy out of the palace, before they watching the pair fly away in a helicopter, heading for the Olympic stadium.
The 13-year-old was previously owned by the Queen Mum, and it is said that he was named after Monty Roberts, a close friend of the royal family who has worked with the Queen’s horses and dogs for the past 20 years or so.
Monty’s demise leaves his co-stars Willow and Holly as the only royal corgis at the palace, but there are also two dachsund-corgi crosses called Candy and Vulcan. There was a third ‘dorgi’ but the death of Cider has also just been announced.
The royal family has been a fan of the breed since 1933, when the future George VI bought his first Pembroke corgi. There were originally used for herding and are said to be highly intelligent and loyal pets.