HRH The Princess Royal first visited the AHT when she was 19 and soon after became involved in our work. She has been president of the AHT since 1991.

Her commitment to the work of the AHT has been unfaltering, and we are very proud of our association with HRH.

As the AHT’s President I continue to be impressed by its vets, scientists and support staff who are all committed to one goal – the excellent health of our animals. Their expertise in preventing disease is leading the way in stopping diseases and conditions from occurring in the first place.

HRH The Princess Royal
HRH The Princess Royal, President of the Animal Health Trust

HRH The Princess Royal is a keen horse and dog owner so has a natural affinity with the Animal Health Trust. The Princess has ridden all her life and proved herself an expert horsewoman, winning the individual European Three-Day Event Championship at Burghley in 1971.

In 1973 The Princess was a member of the British team in the European Three-Day Event Championships at Kiev in the Soviet Union.  Two years later, in the same contest in Germany, she won silver medals as an individual competitor and as a team member.  The Princess also competed in the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games as a member of the British Three-Day Event team.

In 1986 The Princess Royal succeeded her father as President of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), a post which she has since relinquished.  After five years as President of the British Olympic Association she was elected to the International Olympic Committee in 1988 and in 2006 she was appointed a Director of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. She has been President of the Riding for the Disabled Association since 1969 and the Royal Yachting Association since 1987.  In 2005 she led the Team GB bid team in Singapore which resulted in London being awarded the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012.

HRH The Princess Royal meets a patient during a visit in 1969

Supporting the Animal Health Trust

During her Presidency, HRH The Princess Royal has attended and hosted numerous events to help with fundraising for the Animal Health Trust. These include the AHT’s UK Equestrian Awards, Gala Dinners and Fellowship Receptions at royal palaces including Buckingham Palace, St James’s Palace and Frogmore House.

Over the years, she has visited our HQ in Suffolk on many occasions, opening a number of buildings and meeting key supporters of the charity.

HRH takes her Presidency incredibly seriously and regularly chairs meetings of our Council of Management.

HRH meets long-term supporter of the AHT, Mrs Bunny Roberts, at a Fellowship event at Buckingham Palace

As a charity, the  Trust receives no government funding towards its vital work and therefore relies on generous donations from individuals. I hope you learn more about the important work of the charity through its website and will be encouraged to support the Animal Health Trust in its quest to help countless more animals for years to come.

HRH The Princess Royal
HRH The Princess Royal, President of the Animal Health Trust