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Camilla Becomes Patron Of Horse Charity Supporting Military Mental Health

The Duchess is supporting HorseBack UK, which uses horses to help forces personnel and veterans suffering from life-changing injuries.

The Duchess of Cornwall has become patron of a charity that uses horses to help serving personnel and veterans who have suffered from physical and mental life-changing injuries.

HorseBack UK said that, as a keen equestrian, Camilla understands their mission and how horses can have a positive impact on wellbeing and recovery.

Co-founder Emma Hutchison said the team was "incredibly grateful to the Duchess of Cornwall for accepting the invitation to become our patron".

Based near Aboyne in the Scottish Highlands, the charity has been running military courses since 2009 to help those most in need of rehabilitation.

Watch: Camilla visits HorseBack UK's veterans' rehabilitation centre in 2019.

Through horsemanship and outdoor activities, they encourage participants to develop coping strategies and life skills while building overall resilience, as they work towards earning a nationally-recognised qualification.

Camilla previously showed her appreciation for the charity and its work during a visit in 2019.

Earlier this year the Duchess of Cornwall made her first visit to 5 RIFLES as Colonel-in-Chief of the regiment, a role she took last July, succeeding the Duke of Edinburgh.

The Duchess presented several soldiers with long service and good conduct medals and also oversaw a ceremony appointing a new regimental sergeant major.

Cover image: Camilla visiting the Rifles earlier this year (Picture: MOD).