It is well known that the Queen is an animal lover, and particularly enjoys horse racing.
However, did you know Her Majesty is also a pigeon fancier?
Well she has the racing world in Cumbria all a flutter after donating a baby pigeon to a charity trying to raise £10,000 towards a memorial to commemorate animals killed at war.
Samantha Parker reports:
The Queen has donated a baby pigeon to a charity hoping to raise £10,000 to build a monument in memory of animals who died in both world wars.
The bird comes from her collection of racing pigeons from the lofts at Sandringham.
The Animals in War Memorial Monument fund will sell the pigeon alongside others in September and think the royal fledgling could raise up to £500.
So far the group have raise £1,000 toward the memorial which will depict a soldier releasing a pigeon alongside a horse and dog.