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Queen Elizabeth's corgi dies
Sep 10, 2012, 12:01 GMT
Britain's Queen Elizabeth is mourning the death of one of her beloved corgis.
Monty - who appeared alongside his owner in a short James Bond sketch for the Olympics opening ceremony in July - passed away at the age of 13, a Buckingham Palace spokesman has confirmed.
The death of Monty - who was previously owned by the Queen Mother - leaves just two corgis in the palace, Willow and Holly, who also appeared in the Olympics sketch.
As well as Monty's passing, Buckingham Palace also confirmed Cider, a dorgi, or dachshund-corgi cross-breed, had also died.
In the short James Bond Olympics film, the dogs ran down the stairs and performed tummy rolls.
They then stood as a helicopter took off for the Olympic Stadium, carrying Bond - played by Daniel Craig - and a stunt double of the 86-year-old monarch.
The royal family's ties with the corgi breed began when the future George VI bought his first Pembroke corgi in 1933.
As well as Willow and Holly, two dorgis, Candy and Vulcan, also remain at the palace.
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