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Last Updated: Friday, 23 May, 2003, 18:03 GMT 19:03 UK
Boy given royal pigeon
Harry Taylor with Prince Harry
The gift is something of a coup for Harry Taylor
A schoolboy's dream of owning a royal racing pigeon has been granted by the Queen after he wrote to her asking if she could spare one.

Harry Taylor, 13, from Weston on Avon in Warwickshire was stunned to get a letter back granting his wish.

Harry has recently taken delivery of the bird - named Prince Harry - whose last home was the Queen's private Sandringham estate.

The schoolboy, who began keeping pigeons last summer after a stray landed in the garden of his home, said he received a speedy reply to his unusual request.

He's quite hard to catch - he flies around a lot
Harry Taylor

"I wrote to the Queen and that was passed on to the manager of Sandringham estate where the pigeon loft is based and a couple of weeks later they replied saying I could have a pair of pigeons.

"Then a couple of weeks after that we got the first one.

"Prince Harry, he's alright, but he's quite hard to catch though - he flies around a lot," the teenager added.

Harry is soon to take delivery of the second pigeon he has been promised.

BBC Midlands Today's Kevin Reide
"Harry began keeping pigeons last summer after a stray landed in the garden of his home."

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