Buckingham Palace has confirmed the death of 13-year-old Monty

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Monty the corgi delighted almost 30 million viewers with his appearance in the James Bond comedy sketch which began the Olympics Opening Ceremony.

But today Buckingham Palace has confirmed the death of the 13-year-old dog, who was previously owned by the Queen Mother.

Along with royal pooches Willow and Holly, the Queen’s oldest corgi greeted actor Daniel Craig as he and the cameras arrived at the palace to accept his mission from Her Majesty.

Monty then ran down the stairs, performed a series of tummy rolls and watched a helicopter take off for Stratford carrying Bond and a stunt double dressed in the same clothes as Wills’ gran.

Monty was named after Monty Roberts, an American horse-trainer who advises the Queen on her horses and corgis.

He has reportedly offered her a new corgi puppy to carry on a tradition that began when the future King George VI bought his first corgi called Dookie in 1933.

The news of Monty‘s demise must have come as a sad shock to animal-lover Kate Middleton, who adopted a black cocker spaniel called Lupo with Prince William.

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Rhian Petty