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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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Special imports digital service set to change

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 From Monday, 15 July, Special Import Certificate (SIC) applications will only be accepted via the Veterinary Medicines Directorate's (VMD's) new special imports digital service.

The original online special import scheme will be decommissioned. The VMD says that the new service is easier to use, more secure and reliable, and meets accessibility legislation.

The VMD is urging veterinary surgeons who have not yet signed up for the new service to do so before 15 July. The new digital service can be accessed here

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