Duchess of Cornwall visits Egyptian donkey hospital on final day of royal tour

They also run education programmes about animals welfare.

It is now a multi-national charity with centres throughout Egypt and in the UK. Donations to the Cairo branch are now negligible, staff said.

The Brooke, as it is known in England, has recently put out an appeal after being hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic. In Egypt, it ran a feeding programme for 1,700 horses whose owners worked in tourism and could no longer afford to keep them well.

The visit from the Duchess of Cornwall came on the final day of the royal tour to Jordan and Egypt. The Prince attended a meeting of his Sustainable Markets Initiative.

Speaking at the end of the tour, the Duchess said she and the Prince may have been “photographed against the pyramids like tourists”, but were working for their country, “trying to make a difference”.

The couple undertook around 30 engagements during their trip, which was on behalf of the UK government.  

“We’re not on holiday,” she said.

“We might be dressed up and photographed against the pyramids like tourists, but we’re not on holiday.

“We’re working for the government and country and we are trying to make a difference.”

The Duchess, who is 74, said it had been “rather nice” to travel overseas again after a long hiatus during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Once she was up and running again, she joked, you “slightly remember you’ve done it before”.

Quoting Richard Ingrams, the former editor of Oldie magazine, she said she had been reflecting on his “very good expression” about the importance of keeping the snap in one’s celery in older age.

“We’ve still got a snap in our celery,” she said.

The four-day trip, she said, had “suddenly gone in a flash”, admitting it was “quite strange to up sticks” following the long period at home under coronavirus lockdown.

The Duchess said her visit to the site of the baptism of Christ, in the River Jordan, had been a stand-out moment for being “very spiritual” .

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