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Twitter users’ delight as Irish Guards furry mascot ‘effortlessly steals the show’

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Seamus the Irish Wolfhound ‘thinks the Queen’s Platinum parade is for HIM’: Twitter users’ delight as the furry Irish Guards mascot ‘effortlessly steals the show’ as he walks through The Mall for Jubilee

Social media users found an unlikely hero in coverage of the Queen’s platinum anniversary this morning when they took an Irish wolfhound to heart.

One of the festivities today was the arrival of the Irish Guards during a march on Horse Guards Parade before the seated crowd in the blazing sun, led by their furry mascot.

Turlough Már, better known as Seamus, was praised for his role in the parade, while Twitter lit up admiring the dog as he walked along The Mall.

Social media users found an unlikely hero in the Queen’s platinum anniversary coverage this morning when they took an Irish wolfhound to heart

One of the festivities today was the arrival of the Irish Guards in a march on Horse Guards Parade before the seated crowd in the bright sun, led by their furry mascot

One of the festivities today was the arrival of the Irish Guards in a march on Horse Guards Parade before the seated crowd in the bright sun, led by their furry mascot

Host Lorraine Kelly led the tribute, tweeting: ‘Loving Seamus the Irish Wolfhound – steal the show effortlessly #TroopingTheColour’

Another wrote: ‘This Irish Wolfhound really thinks the parade is for him, doesn’t it? #whatagoodboy’

A third said: ‘Seamus the Irish Wolfhound has my heart’, while another added: ‘Highlight of the anniversary coverage so far has certainly been the BBC interviewing Seamus the Irish Wolfhound, mascot of the Irish Guards.’

Seema Malhotra, the MP for Feltham and Heston, added: ‘Last year I had the honor of meeting Seamus, the beautiful mascot of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards, before they left Hounslow.

‘I am very proud that Seamus will soon be at the center of the Trooping the Color parade. Go Seamus!’

The two-year-old dog, who was trained with the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, was joined by his handler, drummer Adam Walsh, during the parade.

He told Sky News: ‘As you can imagine it is quite loud for the band and his hearing is greatly amplified.

“So staying cool, calm and composed takes a lot of training and preparation.

“We went to Melton Mowbray where they train all the army dogs and we spent about two and a half months doing obedience training. You need to make sure the dog fits the role, rather than the role fits the dog.

“He has his own room where we all live. He’s a spoiled dog, he’s treated like one of the boys.’

Drummer Walsh added: ‘He doesn’t care much. He is a key figure in the battalion.

‘We now have such an inseparable bond and we enjoy working together.

“We’ve practiced so much for it, now it’s almost second nature to him, he’s going to be awesome.”

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