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10th September 2018

By Lloyd Lugsden

A pigeon refused to co-operate during a race for the Queen.

About 8,000 pigeons were released for the commemorative race to celebrate Her Majesty’s 65th year on the throne. But one pigeon didn’t want to leave the cage, so a keeper had to give him an encouraging nudge, reported the Metro.

The birds were to fly more than 200 miles from Yeovil to Lancashire and Greater Manchester.

Queen Elizabeth is keen on pigeon racing and visits the pigeon loft at Sandringham regularly.

The royal connection to pigeon racing goes back to the 1880s, when the King of Belgium gifted racing pigeons to the royals. Pigeons from the Royal loft were used as carrier pigeons in the First and Second World Wars. One bird, Royal Blue, was even awarded the Dickin Medal.