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Camilla's dogs take lead as she is named patron of Battersea shelter

By Tony Jones

The Duchess of Cornwall's visit to an animal rescue centre turned into bring your dog to work day when she was joined by her two Jack Russells.

Camilla's visit to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home's (BDCH) Berkshire branch saw excitable Beth and Bluebell steal the show from their famous owner on the day she was named as the charity's new royal patron, succeeding the Queen.

First Beth gave an accomplished performance on the agility course for dogs, expertly darting between the weave polls, leaping over jumps and flying through a tunnel. Then both pets jumped on presenter Amanda Holden who was joined by her fellow BDCH celebrity supporter, supermodel David Gandy, at the charity's centre in Old Windsor.

Centre manager Kaye Mughal said: "Beth did really well considering she'd not seen it before."

Both the pets are rescue dogs from the famous animal charity, with Camilla taking on Beth in 2011 from the organisation's famous London headquarters and Bluebell a year later.

The Duchess gave a short speech and joked about taking on her first rescue dog, saying: "I hope I will be patron of Battersea as long as I am standing. After my first visit the inevitable happened. I want to thank the walkers, staff and volunteers who do such a wonderful job."

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