In 1884 Queen Victoria formally presented the Royal Welch Fusiliers with a Kashmir goat
from her own herd and the tradition continues to this day.
Sally Pidcock, Great Orme Country Park warden, said: "The Kashmir goats
of the Great Orme are considered by some to be an integral part of this magnificent headland and their grazing also plays a role in maintaining the rare flora for which the Great Orme is renowned.
Several Welsh regiments have had goats as mascots since the 18th century; however, all modern mascots originate from the royal herd of Kashmir goats
presented to Queen Victoria on her accession to the throne in 1837 by Mohammad Qajar the then Shah of Persia.
Over the past three years Kashmir goats
on the Great Orme have been given contraceptive injections, designed to prevent pregnancy for up to three years.
CASHMERE is the fine underwool found beneath the rough external coat of Kashmir goats
which live on the mountains in the Chinese province of Inner Mongolia.
THE Royal Goat Herd - made up of Kashmir goats
from India - are traditionally used as mascots for the battalions of the Welch Regiment and the Royal Welch Fusiliers.
The Kashmir goats
are part of a famous breed living on the Great Orme headland at Llandudno, north Wales.
Since the late 19th century, the Great Orme has also supported a free-range herd of Kashmir goats
, enough to exert some local grazing and browsing pressure but not enough to maintain the turf in the absence of sheep.
The views are just spectacular, and the area is run as a nature reserve so you could be treated to sightings of some fantastic flora and fauna - including a herd of Kashmir goats
which were apparently a present from Queen Victoria.
This involves looking after the wellbeing and upkeep of Sgt David and Shenkin Millennium the Regimental Goat - traditionally captured from the wild Kashmir goats
on the Great Orme - plus carrying out ceremonial duties and attending various public and charitable events.