Battersea Dogs and Cats Home Gets A New Royal Supporter

Lori Ennis
by Lori Ennis
The Royal Family is known for their patronage of various charities. Queen Elizabeth has long been the patron of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, but has passed the title over to her daughter-in-law, avid-animal lover and Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla.

Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, has two adorable pups she rescued from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. A well-known pet rescue supporter and animal lover, the Duchess brought her rescue Jack Russell Terriers Beth and Bluebell into the royal family in 2011 and 2012, respectively. Much like the Queen’s Corgis, the pups are often with Camilla on official royal duty, and that was no different last week when Camilla visited Battersea at their Winston location.

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The facility is named the Duchess for their new patron, a position she assumed from her mother-in-law, the Queen, and Camilla toured the facility and met lots of the ‘residents’ waiting to find furever homes. Her new furry friends seemed not to know the difference between a regular old animal lover and a regal one, but gave her the royal four-legged welcome nonetheless.

Camilla was excited to meet staff as well, and claimed she’d be maintaining the position of patroness of Battersea for the rest of her life, thanking the staff and volunteers of the centers who tirelessly give of themselves for the animals.

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While Beth and Bluebell seemed at times to be a little bit jealous, they may need to get used to the idea of another pup coming into the royal fold… after her first visit to Battersea, the Duchess decided she couldn’t leave without Beth, and obviously felt the same upon meeting Bluebell a year later.

So while the tabloids (constantly) make the rounds about Princess Kate being pregnant yet again, we’ll be watching the royal doghouses… and seeing who might come next!

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