President of the equine welfare charity since 2006, The Duchess gave a reading from Grant Hayter-Menzies’s book The Lost War Horses of Cairo, which details the life of Brooke founder Dorothy Brooke. Other readers on the day included Olympic gold medallist Victoria Pendleton and actor Peter Egan.
The service included well known carols led out by the Guards’ Chapel organist and the Choir of the Military Chapel. Following the event, VIP guests moved onto a special reception in the Guards’ Museum, where they had the opportunity to learn about the items on display and enjoyed wine and canapes.
The Guards’ Chapel is the only Royal Military Chapel in London, with origins dating back to the construction of Wellington Barracks in 1834. Today, the chapel serves the Household Division’s seven regiments, including those within the Household Cavalry and the Foot Soldiers.
Brooke has raised over £26,000 from the event and proceeds will go towards work around the world improving the lives of working horses, donkeys and mules, and the people who depend on them. A passionate equine welfare advocate herself, The Duchess has visited Brooke’s work in Egypt, Jordan, Pakistan and India.
100 million of these animals are currently working worldwide, earning an income that 600 million people rely on to build better futures for their families. Brooke works with owners, governments and local policy makers to bring about long lasting change for working horses, donkeys and mules and those who depend them.