Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Royal Goat

Lance Corporal William Windsor retired from military life last week. "Billy" served as a member of the 1st Battalion o the Royal Welsh. What? A regimental goat? Well who knew? Look at that fine fellow. He's even sporting full ceremonial dress! See that headpiece? It's a silver plaque,a gift from the Queen, a tradition started back in 1884 when Queen Victoria presented one to the first royal goat.

Lance Corporal "Billy" Windsor served for eight years, getting stripped of rank once for "..trying to head butt a drummer’s backside during a parade to mark the Queen’s birthday.." After making amends through exceptional performance at another event he was restored full privileges - including the right to be saluted.

Speaking of salutes, here's Billy giving the Royal Salute. Smartly done, Billy! According to one account I read, the tradition of the 'regimental' goat began back during America's fight for independence from Britain. Seems a wild goat wandered onto a battle field and wound up leading the regiment at the end of a battle. Soon a replacement will be chosen and trained to carry on the tradition. I don't know about you, but I think he's adorable and if I'm ever in England I plan to stop by the Whipsnade Zoo and meet the old goat myself.


EldersisRegimentalGoatLooker said...

A regimental goat. What a fine tradition. We, of course, in the US have our own fine tradition of the loyal goats of the opposition -- including one of them named after a small slithering creature -- who tried to hit on one of our siblings at an airport once (the GOP Goat, not his namesake).

I do love the little headpiece for the Regimental Goat. Where's his goatee?

Significant Snail said...

Hmmm, no goatee...guess that's not allowed in the military!