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Queen hosts reception for Brooke’s 90th anniversary
Queen Camilla has been president of Brooke for 18 years.
Guests included famous faces and miniature ponies.

The Queen has hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the equine welfare charity Brooke.

Guests at the event included Brooke representatives from around the world as well as famous supports of the charity including Rory Bremner, Angela Rippon, and the charity’s patron Alastair Stewart.

Two miniature ponies, Alfie and Lala, also met the Queen in the Quadrangle of Buckingham Palace.

The Queen has been president of Brooke for 18 years, beginning when she was Duchess of Cornwall. After a recent review by the palace of royal patronages and presidencies, it has been announced that she will continue in the role.

Brooke was founded in 1934 by Dorothy Brooke and helps working equines across Africa, Asia, Central America and the Middle East.

Chris Wainwright, chief executive of Brooke, said: "I’d like to thank Her Majesty the Queen for her lifelong dedication to equine welfare, her commitment to Brooke through her presidency which started in 2006, and for hosting a marvellous event for some of our valued supporters at Buckingham Palace.
“The day provided us with a very official recognition of Brooke’s amazing impact on the lives of working horses, donkeys and mules over the last 90 years.  

“Everyone at Brooke is and will always be driven by our passion for animal welfare, and we’re extremely privileged to have royal support as we approach 100 years of transformational change.”

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Charities' XL bully neutering scheme closes

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 A scheme that helped owners of XL bully dogs with the cost of neutering has closed to new applications due to high demand.

The scheme, run by the RSPCA, Blue Cross, and Battersea, has helped 1,800 dogs and their owners after XL bullies were banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

In England and Wales, owners of XL bully dogs which were over one year old on 31 January 2021 have until 30 June 2024 to get their dog neutered. If a dog was between seven months and 12 months old, it must be neutered by 31 December 2024. If it was under seven months old, owners have until 30 June 2025.

More information can be found on the Defra website. 

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