The Princess Royal visited World Horse Welfare’s Norfolk headquarters on Tuesday, 11 May.

Her Royal Highness is well known for her passion for horses and is president of the charity.

A statement from World Horse Welfare said that The Princess Royal wanted to find out how the charity’s work has managed to continue throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

Her Royal Highness also wanted to learn more about how the charity deals with the increasing number of cases it deals with where a large number of unhandled horses are rescued.

She also wanted to meet some of the horses and ponies who are currently living at the farm.

Scroll down to watch a video of The Princess Royal visiting World Horse Welfare and meeting some of the ponies.

“On a beautiful day, The Princess Royal saw how staff deal with animals that are unused to being around people, and how they help the ponies get used to being led and enjoy being handled,” said the statement.

“The Princess Royal also met with staff and some of the members of the public who have rehomed horses and ponies, and the vet and farrier teams who provide specialist care for the animals.”

She also met some of the equine residents, including Rose, the charity’s newest foal who was born just three weeks ago. The foal’s dam, Violet, was rescued, starving, shortly before giving birth.

The charity confirmed in its statement that “both foal and mother are doing well”.

World Horse Welfare joined other animal charities last year to warn that the UK faced a horse welfare catastrophe last winter, due to the economical restraints placed on the country by the coronavirus pandemic.

The charity also reported a record number of horses being rehomed in 2020.