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The Queen Consort, will show viewers her soft side in tonight’s special royal episode of Paul O’Grady’s For the Love of Dogs.
Camilla, 75, will feature in the hour-long programme, which will show her and the comedian, 67, visiting Battersea – a shelter which King Charles III’s wife is a prominent supporter of – to mark its 160th anniversary.
A short clip from the ITV programme, which will air at 9pm, captures an endearing moment in which the pair fondly discuss a ‘pensioner’ pup called Reggie, who has ‘severe medical problems’.
In the video, Paul and Camilla touch on how many older dogs don’t get adopted – despite being much easier to take care of.
‘But I’m sure there will be somebody out there,’ Camilla remarks, hoping that sweet Reggie gets a home.
The programme was filmed when the Queen Consort was still the Duchess of Cornwall, in July, at Clarence House.
It was a ‘pleasant’ and ‘lovely’ afternoon – and Camilla was ‘really funny’, and is ‘genuinely concerned about what’s going in Battersea’, Paul said of his experience.
‘You don’t feel like you’re on ceremony with her,’ he added. ‘I always get a big hug and kiss from her, which always shocks everybody!’
The Queen Consort, will show viewers her soft side in tonight’s special royal episode of Paul O’Grady’s For the Love of Dogs
George, dressed in a dapper bandana, can be seen playing with O’Grady and Queen Camilla in the episode
The Queen Consort offered the adorable Westie rescue some treats during the show, airing tonight
Paul and Camilla seemed quite taken with George as they helped reoming some pups in the special episode
The comedian said that the Queen Consort is ‘dog mad’.
‘She’s got Battersea dogs of her own already,’ he also said. ‘She’s got two Jack Russells.’
The two discussed that the charity is current extremely busy at the moment, as there are ‘a lot of older dogs that are much more difficult to home’.
Paul said that this is worsening due to the cost of living crisis.
‘If you can’t feed your kids then you can’t feed your dog,’ he added.
The programme was shot when the Queen Consort was still the Duchess of Cornwall, in July, at Clarence House. Pictured: Camilla with Jacqueline Wilson, Amanda Holden and Paul O’ Grady in July
A short clip from the ITV programme, which will air at 9pm , captures an endearing moment in which the pair fondly discuss a ‘pensioner’ pup called Reggie (pictured)
In the video, Paul and Camilla fondly touch on how many older dogs don’t get adopted – despite being much easier to take care of
The royal special will feature a selection of adorable dogs and their searches for a home. Jacqueline, Amanda, Paul and the Queen Consort pictured in July
Because of this, families are having to bring in beloved pets which have been with them for years as they can no longer support them.
Paul continued: ‘And these are dogs that are quite hard to re-home. Puppies fly out of the door because they are young and cute and fluffy and gorgeous.
‘But the older dogs, you worry who is going to take them. They might have ill health and other issues. But thank God, there are people who do take them.’
The royal special will feature a selection of adorable dogs and their searches for a home, including a Schnauzer called Reggie, three puppies and a Westie – who’d been attacked by another dog – called George.
Camilla, pictured warmly greeting Amanda this July, is a well known dog lover and supporter of Battersea
The Queen Consort is a well known dog lover and has two adorable rescue dogs and Buckingham Palace is also no stranger to furry friends as Queen Elizabeth owned more than 30 corgis and dorgis during her reign.
Muick and Sandy, now adopted by the Queen’s third son and Ms Ferguson, were gifted to the late Queen following the death of Prince Philip.
King Charles also seems very found of Camilla’s pooches as they featured in the couple’s 15th wedding anniversary portrait in 2020.
Speaking previously about the dogs, the Queen Consort said: ‘The nice thing about dogs is you can sit them down, you could have a nice long conversation, you could be cross, you could be sad and they just sit looking at you wagging their tail.’
Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs – A Royal Special, is on Monday 19 December 9pm on ITV1 and ITVX.
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