Kate Middleton may be the most stylish member of the royal family, but she’s not the most adorable. That honor belongs to Beth, the Jack Russell rescue puppy that Camilla Parker Bowles just adopted.
Animal lover Bowles adopted Beth from the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, a rescue that the Duchess has been involved with for a while. Last year she helped open the shelter’s new cattery.
Like her husband, Prince Charles, Bowles has long loved Jack Russells, and already owns two, Tosca and Rosie. One of her previous terriers, Freddy (grandfather and great-grandfather to Tosca and Rosie, respectively), was such an important member of the family that Bowles’ son Tom named his child after the pooch.
After Freddy’s death at age 21, Bowles mentioned to the folks at Battersea that she wanted another Jack. When Beth (who was among more than 100 strays delivered to Battersea last month), arrived at the shelter, they remembered Bowles’ comment and emailed her photos of the pup.
The Duchess told the Daily Mail, “I just couldn’t resist her, she is gorgeous. It is so exciting. I can’t wait for her to meet the family.”
Despite her royal stature, Bowles didn’t receive too much special attention throughout the adoption process. Like any good rescue organization, Battersea performed a thorough background check, vetting Beth’s home(s), and charged the standard £105 “rehoming fee.”
Battersea’s chief executive, Claire Horton, told the paper, “We’re delighted that the Duchess of Cornwall has adopted Beth. Beth is a charming, confident little puppy and we know she will be very happy in her new home. Battersea is fortunate to have the duchess’s support. We look forward to hearing about this Battersea puppy’s progress in her new home.”
As for Beth, the 3-month-old, tri-color pooch will most likely spend the rest of the summer at Bowles’ Birkhall home, near the Queen’s Balmoral estate. In addition to joining the family’s other pets, Beth will also have the opportunity to play with Bowles’ many young grandchildren. There’s no word yet on whether the dog will receive a royal title, but I’d like to suggest HRH, The Duchess of Cuteness.