One of the most popular parts of the Olympic 2012 opening ceremony was the Queen Elizabeth / James Bond feature
. The other 'stars' were the Queen's corgi dogs. One of the dogs, according to the Daily Mirror
, has died.
In the sketch, James Bond, played by Daniel Craig, calls in on the Queen before the depart into a helicopter and both later appear to parachute out.
As the Queen and James Bond leave Buckingham Palace they walk down a hallway with three of the Queen's beloved corgi dogs: Monty, Willow and Holly.
Monty was 13 years old. He previously belonged to the Queen Mother. According to the Daily Mail
, the dog was named after a man called Monty Roberts, the subject of a horse whisperer television program ("A Real Horse Whisperer"), who advises the Queen on horses and dogs.
Corgis have long been associated with the Royal Family. The Daily Telegraph
notes that the breed has been associated with the Royal Family since 1933, when the future King George VI, in 1933 bought his first Corgi called Dookie.
The other two corgis remain in good health.