Camilla Opens Battersea Cattery

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She may be a member of the royal family, but to a tiny tabby named Lucy Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall was a just a new friend who had come to play. The 8-week-old kitten lapped up the spotlight as cameras clicked while the wife of Prince Charles officially opened the new £5m cattery at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary.

The Duchess of Cornwall, who is accustomed to the pitter patter of tiny paws as the pet parent of two Jack Russell terriers named Rosie and Tosca and a black cat called Kitkat, quickly bonded with the shelter’s four-legged citizens as she toured the spacious new cat quarters, where up to 150 cats and kittens can watch the world go by through their own individual windows.

The Duchess of Cornwall also took a look at the facility for Fidos, where she posed for posterity with a friendly mixed breed dubbed Flex. before returning to her royal residence with a few souvenirs to remind her of her visit– a Battersea brooch, dog and cat collars and Battersea ID tags for the members of her fur family, and a set of First Day Cover Royal Mail stamps which bear the likenesses of dogs and cats who have found their forever homes thanks to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.

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Photo courtesy Battersea Dogs and Cats Home


Grace Sydney is the Assistant Editor of and, covering celebrity-related rescue news. She operates the @HollywoodDogs Twitter account sharing information on celebrity fundraising for rescues and shelters.

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