Queen's corgi from Olympic Games film dies

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Media captionCorgis performed tummy rolls in the short film that preceded the Olympic Games opening ceremony

One of the Queen's corgis, which appeared in a short James Bond sketch for the Olympics opening ceremony, has died, Buckingham Palace has said.

Monty and two other corgis greeted actor Daniel Craig, playing 007 in the short film.

The death of Monty, 13, who was previously owned by the Queen Mother, leaves two corgis in the palace.

The royal family's ties with the breed began when the future George VI bought his first Pembroke corgi in 1933.

The palace announced the death of Monty and of Cider, a dorgi, or dachshund-corgi cross-breed.

In the short film, screened ahead of the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Games, the dogs ran down the stairs and performed tummy rolls.

They then stood as a helicopter took off for the Olympic stadium, carrying Bond and a stunt double of the monarch.

Willow and Holly are the two remaining corgis.

And two dorgis, Candy and Vulcan, remain at the palace.

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