The Citadelle in Quebec has a goat mascot

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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.

Learn more via the  Citadelle website or this virtual exhibition.

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Before the Canadian Royal Regiment Changing of the Guard ceremony, Batisse the Goat mascot has a little nibble.
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Members of the Royal 22e Régiment prepare for the Changing of the Guard ceremony.
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The audience forms a circle around the parade grounds during the Changing of the Guard ceremony.

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Batisse the Goat and his handler during the Changing of the Guard ceremony.
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The best tanks are the ones you take from your enemies.
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View from a Citadelle’s wall.
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The Royal 22e Régiment motto: We will never forget.
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A view of the inside fortification at the Citadelle of Quebec.

About Kristine K. Stevens

Book Cover200Kristine is the author of "If Your Dream Doesn't Scare You, It Isn't Big Enough: A Solo Journey Around the World." This nonfiction book tells the story of how she sold her house, quit her job and traveled around the world.

Kirkus Book Review: "... Stevens makes a friendly, relatable narrator ... plenty of colorful stories to make this an enjoyable, inspiring read... An often sweet memoir about finding oneself in many different places."


Next travel book to spotlight Iceland

25817249396_f6c787ef9f_z Kristine broke free from a desk job once again, and this time ended up volunteering in the far corners of Iceland!

Details about the release of this book will be posted on Facebook.