Lonely Planet Writer

Royal Welsh goat to guard Queen of England

The Royal Welsh Regiment has a new recruit – a regimental goat called Fusilier Llywelyn. Llywelyn replaces Gwillam ‘Taffy VI’ Jenkins, also a goat, who died in May last year.

The late Gwillam 'Taffy VI' Jenkins.
The late Gwillam ‘Taffy VI’ Jenkins. Image by Defence Images / CC BY-SA 2.0

He was chosen after a survey in which he showed ‘more promise’ than the rest of his wild herd and has completed his basic training. His ceremonial duties already include a parade to commemorate the 1879 Battle of Rorke’s Drift and a role as part of the guard at Buckingham Palace this summer. The regiment’s royal goat tradition began in 1844 when Queen Victoria presented the Royal Welsh Fusiliers with its first one, although their role in parades goes back to the 1700s. Read more: bbc.co.uk