Queen is visiting animal charity

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Published: Tuesday 17th March 2015 by The News Editor

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The Queen will visit an animal charity close to her heart today.

The monarch will visit Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, of which she is patron, to open its new kennels.

She will be given a canine guard of honour before a reception where she will meet model David Gandy and television presenter Paul O’Grady, who are both ambassadors for the London animal sanctuary, as well as staff and other supporters.

Accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, she will then view the new Mary Tealby Kennels, meeting staff and canine guests.

The Queen is well known as a dog lover and famous for her corgis. She currently has two, Willow and Holly, who starred with her in a James Bond sketch for the Olympics opening ceremony in 2012. A third, Monty, who also starred in the skit, died at the age of 13 a few months after the games.

The kennels are named after Mary Tealby, who founded the home in 1860 after becoming concerned by the number of stray animals roaming the capital’s streets.

Originally known as The Temporary Home for Lost and Starving Dogs it was based in north London before moving south of the Thames in 1871. It began taking in cats in 1883.

Published: Tuesday 17th March 2015 by The News Editor

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