The Princess Royal will unveil a memorial to The Royal Army Vererrinary Corps next month at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.
The RAVC are deeply involved with all aspects of military animal activity, from ceremonial duties with the Household Cavalry, to the procurement, training and maintenance of Military Working Dogs and their subsequent use in the UK.
The service was founded in 1796 after the public demanded something to be done for the welfare of military animals. At the time, some members of the public were outraged that more Army horses were being lost by “ignorance and poor farriery than at the hands of the enemy”.
Even though the horses are now primarily used for ceremonial reasons, the corps regularly rehearse procedures for the operational deployment of horses.
Princess Anne was appointed the Colonel in Chief of Royal Army Veterinary Corps on 1 July 2003. Her Majesty The Queen appointed her as the personal prerogative of the Sovereign.
The RAVC is very close to the Princess’ heart as she is an avid lover of horses, dogs and animals alike.