The Britannia Beagles had a special guest at their puppy show at the Naval College, Dartmouth on 26 July — the Princess Royal.

“We invited her to our centenary puppy show two years ago, but she was unable to come,” said hunt secretary Commander Rory Jackson.

“This time she visited the newly refurbished Naval College Museum and then came to the kennels, where she named one of this year’s puppies Regent before attending the puppy show, presenting the prizes, and then came to tea afterwards.”

Commander Jackson said that when she left — by helicopter — kennelman Pat Franklin let the entire pack out while the helicopter hovered overhead. The 270 attendees of the puppy show could see her leaning out to look at the hounds.

“It was a glorious sunny day and she seemed to enjoy it very much, as did we,” said Commander Jackson.