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Last Updated: Sunday June 25 2006 11:25 GMT

Poor marching demotes army goat

William (Billy) Windsor, regimental goat of the First Battalion, the Royal Welch Fusiliers
An army goat has been demoted because its marching skills weren't up to scratch in a parade for The Queen.

The six-year-old goat, called William Windsor, is a member of the 1st Battalion Royal Welch on Cyprus.

The regiment has been given a goat by the head of the royal family since Queen Victoria, and William - or Billy - used have the rank of Lance Corporal.

Because Billy's marching wasn't good enough he's been made a fusilier, although it might not be for long.

The regiment boss, Captain Christian Coates, said: "His situation is currently being reviewed and he could regain his rank."

The change means other fusiliers in the regiment will no longer have to stand to attention when Billy wanders past, as they had to when he was a Lance Corporal.

The parade took place on 16 June and despite being ordered to keep in line during it, Billy refused do what he was told.

Billy, a Kashmir goat given to the 1st Battalion Royal Welch by the Queen in 2001, was on his first overseas posting.



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