Queen Elizabeth II surprised guests at an afternoon tea reception for Brooke USA supporters at The Royal Mews late last month.
Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, as President of the Brooke, hosted Brooke USA supporters at the event in aid of the charity, which included a demonstration by Brooke Global Ambassador Monty Roberts.
Longtime Brooke supporters Fritz and Claudine Kundrun, William Bernhard and Catherine Cahill, along with Brooke USA Ambassador Margaret Duprey, were invited to the event where they were first treated to a private tour of the royal stables in the Royal Mews.
The Queen and the Duchess then joined guests to watch the demonstration by Monty Roberts.
As the world’s largest international equine welfare charity, the Brooke’s mission is to alleviate the suffering of working horses, donkeys, and mules in the developing world, where motorized vehicles are not an option for the majority of the population.
It is not unusual for an entire extended family to depend on the income from a single donkey for all their needs. But even beyond the needs of the one family, entire communities rely on the work of these patient animals.
For more than 80 years the Brooke has helped owners to implement sustainable, culturally relevant solutions to enormous animal welfare challenges. They ensure that the right elements are in place for working horses, donkeys and mules to be healthy and happy now and in the long-term by providing scientifically proven methods to improve the welfare of the animals.
Last year alone, the Brooke reached about 1.8 million working equines, primarily in Egypt, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kenya, Ethiopia, Nepal, Senegal, Jordan, Guatemala, and Nicaragua.
The Brooke has also recently launched a pilot program to assist working equines in Mexico.