Queen opens kennels

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Britain’s oldest and most famous pet refuge centre, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, played host to Her Majesty The Queen on Tuesday, as she opened the Mary Tealby Kennels

The Queen, who has been the Patron of Battersea since 1956, met up with the home’s resident vets, nurses, groomers and trainers as well as actress Amanda Holden, TV’s Paul O’Grady and model David Gandy – and a 12-year-old Corgi named Beama, who she declined to take home to the palace in response to a cheeky suggestion by Holden.

Every brick, window, door fitting and fixture of the £4.8m development’s 56 new kennels, which will shelter 6,000 animals every year, has been bought using donations.

IoD member and former Director cover star Claire Horton called it “The most important day for a quarter of a century for Battersea.”

battersea.org.uk

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A former editor-in-chief of The Rake and deputy editor of the Australian edition of GQ, Nick has had features published in titles including Esquire, The Guardian, Observer Sport Monthly and Rolling Stone Australia and is a contributing editor to Director magazine. He has interviewed celebrities including Hugh Jackman, Daniel Craig and Elle Macpherson, as well as business people including Sir Richard Branson, Charles Middleton and Nick Giles and Michael Hayman MBE.

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