Lance Corporal William Windsor, more fondly known as Billy the Goat, has retired from the Royal Welsh Regiment. According to the United Kingdom Telegraph, the nine-year-old goat has led the Battalion on all ceremonial duties for the past seven years. His successor is a kid from a good herd from North Wales.
Billy, who was honored with a retirement parade last week, has been cared for by a full-time Goat Major. He retires to Whipsnade Zoo. Billy was clad in ceremonial dress for the occasion.
The Telegraph reports that Billy’s service was part of a 200-year tradition that started during the American War of Independence when a wild goat rambled onto the battlefield. The goat was still standing at the end of the fighting.
In 1884 Queen Victoria presented the regiment with a goat from the Royal herd, thus starting the tradition.
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