The Queen

British Army mascots pose for special Platinum Jubilee photo

The mascots travelled to Edinburgh from all parts of the UK for the image, which was kept secret for months.

The British Army's top regimental mascots have come together in Edinburgh to pose for a special photograph to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

The mascots travelled to Scotland from all corners of the UK for the picture, which was kept secret for months.

Corporal Mark Wilkinson, Pony Major, Royal Regiment of Scotland, told Forces News: "We came up with a brainwave of having all Her Majesty's mascots in Edinburgh getting a nice photograph taken, that we can get framed, and present to Her Majesty.

"I'm sure as an animal lover, and she also loves her mascots, she will thoroughly enjoy the photograph."

Each mascot represents its regiment, a symbol of its identity and traditions and its soldiers.

The duty of looking after them is a big responsibility, as the mascots are expected to look their best when on parade.

It is definitely a labour of love for those taking care of them.