There’s a goat in Quebec, Canada, with a very sweet life. From the end of June to the beginning of September, his private chauffeur shuttles him each day from his home and across the St. Lawrence River to the Citadelle located on Cape Diamond, the city’s highest point. There, he parades about as part of the Changing of the Guard ceremony.
Dressed in a blue cape, his horns shiny with gold gilding, Batisse the Goat keeps in step with his handler as officers inspect the new sentries who replace the ones who have been on duty at the Citadelle entrances for the past 24 hours.
The Batisse we watched during the ceremony is the 12th in the line of goats in service. The first arrived in 1955 when Queen Elizabeth II sent one to her goats to the Royal 22e Régiment as a mascot. Her goat’s ancestry went back to 1883 when the King of Iran gave Queen Victoria a prized billygoat from his personal collection.
About the Citedelle of Quebec
The Citadelle of Québec is the largest British fortress in North America. It is also part of the Historic District of Old Québec, which was placed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1985. The fortress is home to the Royal 22e Régiment, the Canadian Forces’ sole French-language regular force infantry regiment.