Battersea sends birthday wishes to Royal Patron, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall

16 JULY 2020

Battersea’s Chief Executive, Claire Horton CBE, said: “A dear friend of Battersea long before she became our Royal Patron, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall has helped us highlight the importance of rescue charities for almost a decade. Over the years we have had many treasured memories together, from her very first visit in 2010 to celebrate our 150th anniversary, to her most recent trip in 2017 when she visited our Old Windsor centre to announce that she was to become our new Royal Patron.

“I remember her once saying that after her first visit to Battersea to meet our dogs she knew ‘the inevitable’ would happen, and it did – twice, when she adopted the lovely Beth and Bluebell from one of our centres in 2011 and 2012. 

“On behalf of all our staff, volunteers and of course, our dogs and cats too, we wish Her Royal Highness a very happy birthday and all the very best for the year ahead.”

Images of the Duchess of Cornwall during visits to Battersea over the years can be downloaded here. Credit: Battersea.

Notes to Editors:

  • The Duchess of Cornwall succeeded The Queen as Royal Patron of Battersea in 2017.
  • The Duchess owns two former Battersea dogs; Jack Russell Terriers Beth, rehomed in 2011, and Bluebell, rehomed in 2012.
  • Battersea’s Royal patronage began in 1865 with Queen Victoria. The Prince of Wales, the future Edward VII, became the first Royal guest when he visited the Home in 1879 and five years later his youngest brother The Duke of Albany was the first member of the Royal Family to rehome a Battersea dog, a Fox Terrier. Queen Elizabeth II became Royal Patron in 1956.
  • In addition to the Home’s Royal Patronage, HRH Prince Michael of Kent is Battersea’s President and is a proud owner of a Battersea Labrador, Shadow.