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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Baby Was Honored During the Changing of the Guard at Windsor Castle

The regiment's notorious mascot, Cruachan the Shetland Pony, helped celebrate Baby Sussex.
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The U.K. is pulling out all the stops to celebrate the arrival of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's first child. Yesterday morning, that included a special song played during the Changing of the Guard at Windsor Castle, near the royal couple's home on the grounds of Frogmore House.


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This was made even more special by a happy coincidence: the Royal Regiment of Scotland was handling the ceremonial guard duties at Windsor Castle. And that regiment happens to be the proud home of Cruachan, the beloved, mischievous Shetland Pony. For decades, a pony named Cruachan has served as the regiment's mascot (we're now on Cruachan IV) and left a charming trail of minor disasters in his wake.


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Cruachan leads the regiment from behind during the Changing of the Guards.

Just last week, the royal family's Twitter account shared a video of Cruachan preparing to dutifully serve at Windsor Castle, for a short stint that ended today. The footage shows Pony Major Mark Wilkinson preparing Corporal Cruachan IV, both physically and mentally, for the challenge ahead. Wilkinson also reveals that the regiment has never before mounted a guard at Windsor Castle, making it a small miracle that Cruachan was present to celebrate Baby Sussex.

Wilkinson also notes that "there always seems to be a mishap when there's a royal visit to Cruachan or the regiment," and recalls some of Cruachan's biggest hits. These include biting Prince Harry's finger, and trying to eat Queen Elizabeth's bouquet.

It is also nice to hear that Cruachan knows his own worth. "He knows he's a special pony," Wilkinson says. "When he gets his uniform on, he's working hard. He actually enjoys it and shows off." Good for you, Cruachan.

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*This article originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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