Posted on September 28, 2017
Lance Corporal Shenkin II, a Kasmiri goat and the regimental mascot for 3rd Battalion the Royal Welsh, has sadly passed away.
Shenkin, who came from the Royal Herd at Llandudno, died yesterday at the age of seven (that’s just 37 in goat years).
Shenkin was something of a star goat, and made regular appearances at international rugby games with his handler, Goat Major Sergeant Mark Jackson.
Such was his importance that a letter has been sent to the Queen officially informing her of the tragedy, and asking her permission for a new goat to be selected as the regiment’s mascot.
Goats have been the mascot of choice for the Battalion since 1844, when Queen Victoria presented them with their first mascot.
Shenkin’s handler, Sgt Jackson, has been in charge of the goat for the past five years, featuring in parades side by side.
Sgt Jackson said that his companion was “always very steady on parade,” adding that “he was a legend”:
“He wasn’t just a regimental goat, but part of my family as well. He loved a crowd and was a total poser”.
The arduous process carefully selecting a worthy successor from the Royal Herd will soon begin.
A highlight of his career was when Shenkin was lucky enough to meet the Queen herself.