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SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: Princess Anne's charity for animal care is put on pasture


As you know, Prince Philip quipped about his daughter: "If she doesn't fart or eat hay, she isn't interested." But even the dedicated rider Princess Royal was unable to save the Animal Health Trust, of which she has been president since 1991.

I can show that the acclaimed veterinary charity that celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2017 should be closed after not securing enough money to secure the future.

The charity has 257 employees, including many veterinarians and scientists, and was founded to look after sick cats, dogs and horses. In the year ending December 2018, revenue was £ 15.6m and expenses were £ 17.5m.

But even the dedicated rider Princess Royal was unable to save the Animal Health Trust, of which she has been president since 1991

When the charity first reported ongoing financial problems in March, the Princess Royal dutifully rode to the rescue.

So dedicated to the cause that she attended numerous video conferences with the charity's trustees to discuss ways to ward off disasters and raise more funds.

She is usually not a retreat, but unfortunately her lockdown efforts have been in vain. It will be a huge disappointment for Princess Anne, who will turn 70 next month. She inherited her love for horses from her mother and was crowned European Eventing Champion in 1971 and selected for Team GB at the 1976 Olympic Games.

She was so committed to the cause that she participated in numerous video conferences with the charity's trustees to discuss ways to prevent disasters and raise funds

So dedicated to the cause that she attended numerous video conferences with the charity's trustees to discuss ways to ward off disasters and raise more funds

The charity received a royal certificate in 1963 and The Queen was patron from 1959 to 2016. Just last year, Princess Anne opened the new charity building.

Also in 2019, it was crucial to prevent the outbreak of horse flu that threatened to wipe out the Cheltenham Festival. More tests were performed in ten days than in a normal year.

Diana Ross & # 39; surprising love Supreme – Somerset!

Motown legend Diana Ross may have missed Glastonbury this year, but she hopes to be invited back to Cider Country.

"The thought of being in Glastonbury and visiting Somerset again was and is just great," she says.

"I've been to the area before when I was on tour and I remember how breathtaking Bath is – and I like Bristol and I remember Taunton and Wells." When you are on tour, you are everywhere and have the opportunity to view the landscape while traveling.

"Somerset is lovely – we don't really have places like this in the US. There are beautiful places – but not like in the UK, especially when there is so much history in the area."

As if things can't get any stranger now that rapper Kanye West has announced that he will stand in the US presidential election this year, the biographer of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sarah Churchwell believes that the creator of The Great Gatsby and the loner musician it would have been related spirits when it came to expressing yourself online.

"They could be found everywhere on social media," says Churchwell when asked if Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda had embraced the brave new world of communication.

"You'd tweet drunk all the time. You were basically the literary Kanye of the 20s because they were saying crazy things that were funny. "

The rapper and the baffle …

The loving mother Anna shares her frielings

Actress Anna Friel was proud this week when her daughter turned 15 with Harry Potter star David Thewlis.

The 43-year-old shared an enchanting picture of herself and Gracie on the occasion, who was only five when she and David ended their decades of romance.

Actress Anna Friel was proud this week when her daughter turned 15 with Harry Potter star David Thewlis

Actress Anna Friel was proud this week when her daughter turned 15 with Harry Potter star David Thewlis

“Without a doubt, it is the light of my life. My favorite person, ”she writes.

"I'm so very proud of you. You are an inspiration. Earth is a better place because you are on it.

Monster actress Charlize Theron admits that she doesn't see the movies she stars in very often.

"When I see someone on TV, I watch a little bit of it," says the South African-born Oscar winner.

"But I never want to" OK – tonight I'll sit down and watch myself. "

The Welsh warbler shows ups and downs of the closure

Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins says life in London has remained at home with her husband, New York artist and filmmaker Andrew Levitas, four-year-old daughter Aaliyah and two-year-old son Xander.

"I am grateful that my children are younger, so I am not asked to teach them math that I do not understand," she says.

"And I don't think my husband and I were ever in the same house for 12 weeks. Either I'm on tour or he's in a movie or something. So the kids grew really well and we all had it together.

Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins says life in London has remained at home with her husband, New York artist and filmmaker Andrew Levitas, four-year-old daughter Aaliyah and two-year-old son Xander

Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins says life in London has remained at home with her husband, New York artist and filmmaker Andrew Levitas, four-year-old daughter Aaliyah and two-year-old son Xander

"But of course there are times when you try and you feel stressed." And we probably drank an extra glass of wine like everyone else. "

Bottle sure.

Lorraine Heggessey, the first female BBC1 controller to commission Strictly Come Dancing, says the job has its downsides. “Everyone has an opinion on BBC1. When we went on vacation, I asked my husband and children: "Please don't tell anyone that I run BBC1." "However, she shouldn't have worried." People asked my husband what he did. But they never asked me, I think they just assumed I was a housewife

Clare jockeys for realistic races

Horse racing could learn a lot from soccer when it comes to lockdown shows, says Clare Balding.

"I think racing may have to take a page out of the football book to create more atmosphere for the television audience."

"There are often soundtracks of galloping hooves that are used as the base track and the sound of horses streaking through obstacle course fences for jump races, but they have been holding back so far due to public noise.

"I also think it's a good time to start experimenting with jockey microphones again."

"I would like to feel closer to the action – as we can with Formula 1, cricket and golf."

Don't count on meeting radio host Eddie Mair the next time you go to the movies. He says he won't rush back since his last experience went wrong from the start. Five giggling people shuffled in the front row, spilling wine and popcorn alike. You could almost be at home. And the problem is that some people are lulled into being home – and feel free to make their way through the film. "

Will the seclusion prove a success for Carla Bruni?

Lockdown was the perfect time for model and singer Carla Bruni to make a comeback.

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy's wife announces that she recorded her first album in seven years during the pandemic in a private studio near her home in Paris. "We had the best time with a lot of crazy and super talented people," says Vogue cover star Carla, almost eleven years after singing for Nelson Mandela's 91st birthday in New York.

"We were very happy to record it."