Army mascots come together for royal surprise

Regimental Mascots of the British Army

A unique secret gathering of Army mascots took place at Edinburgh Castle earlier this year, in order to capture a photographic memoir as part of Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

The animals, most of which have their own rank and service numbers, came from all corners of the UK to create the memorable photograph, which will be presented to Her Majesty.

In our film, Pony Major Mark Wilkinson, handler of Shetland pony Corporal Cruachan IV, of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, explains how the gathering came about and the role of the regimental mascot.

Mascots of the British Army

  • Corporal Cruachan IV – Shetland pony mascot Royal Regiment of Scotland
  • Turlough Mor (aka Seamus) - Irish Wolfhound mascot of the Irish Guards
  • Lance Corporal Emrys Forlan Jones - Welsh mountain pony mascot of  1st Queen’s Dragoon  Guards
  • Private Derby XXXII – Regimental ram of the Mercian Regiment
  • Lance Corporal Shenkin IV, Regimental goat of the 3rd Battalion The Royal Welsh
  • Brian Boru X – Irish Wolfhound mascot of the Royal Irish Regiment
  • Lance Corporal Pegasus V – Shetland pony mascot of the Parachute Regiment