London - The royals have welcomed Jack Russell Terrier Beth to their family, a 12-week-old puppy adopted from the Battersea Dogs Home in London.
Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, reportedly fell for the puppy after being sent a picture of it by the centre's staff, and Beth was taken away from the dog's home in a chauffeur-driven car.
The duchess's adoption comes as a result of a comment she made while at the shelter to open a new cattery there last year.
She had remarked that she was on the lookout for a replacement for her beloved Freddy, a Jack Russell whom she had for 21 years until his death in 2008.
Camilla told the Daily Mail newspaper
: "Guess what – I have adopted a puppy! I just couldn’t resist her, she is gorgeous. It is so exciting. I can't wait for her to meet the family."Beth is ideal
Workers at the centre thought Beth would be ideal for Camilla, but she was on holiday at the time so they emailed photos of Beth so she could see her.
Like all people adopting from the home, Camilla had to pay a £105 rehoming fee and undergo a 'home vetting' procedure by the centre's staff.
Beth joins Camilla's other two Jack Russell bitches, Tosca, Freddy's daughter, and Rosie, Freddy's granddaughter.
The British royals are notorious animal lovers, and Queen Elizabeth keeps at least four of the breed herself.