for the Royal Regiment for Wales
did you live as a kid:
A farm near Hereford used for breeding the Royal
Herd - now I am resident in Maindy Barracks,
I’ve been the regimental goat since I was 6 months old, so this has been my only
job. I had to be trained not to react to loud
music and bangs so they put a Walkman on my
ears and played me the Spice Girls until I got
used to noise… that took a couple of months.
There’s been a regimental goat since the Crimean
War, when goats were taken into warzones to
be eaten. The story goes that one night, a Private
Jenkins was on sentry duty in the Crimea, and
put one of the goats under his coat to keep
warm. Jenkins fell asleep, and the goat heard
the enemy about to attack, and bleated to alert
the sentry, saving the men.
Queen Victoria heard about this, she presented
a goat from the Royal Herd, and there’s been
one of us here ever since.
Being chosen as regimental goat!
The best thing was leading the Welsh rugby team
out against England at Wembley. I’ve also taken
part in the World Cup and the
FA Cup when it was at the Millennium Stadium.
had a pub named after me in Cardiff, ‘The Goat
Major’. I’ve also had a grogg made of me, because
of my good connections with the Welsh Rugby
been in lots of magazines, like 'GQ' and 'OK'!
I get to model expensive clothes - my cloak
costs about £4,000, and I wear about £10,000
worth of silver when I’m on parade.
also met and worked with the Queen, Prince Charles,
Rhys Ifans, Cerys Matthews, Cliff Richard, Peter
Stringfellow, Anneka Rice, Henry Cooper, and
even Ronald McDonald!
I can be a bit restless on parade if I’m not
in the mood, but I’ve never bitten anyone yet!
from the top:
Be happy in your job, and people will relate
to you… It also helps if you don’t butt them.