Two hundred new military dog kennels have been opened today by Princess Anne, at the Animal Defence Centre in Melton Mowbray. Major Steve Leavis, from the centre, is pleased with the new facility and how 'staff-friendly' they are.
Princess Royal has met with officers and been shown around the new facilities at the Animal Defence Centre in Leicestershire.
The Princess officially opened the new military dog kennels there, at a ceremony this morning.
Princess Anne is visiting The Woodland Trust's Jubilee Woods project in Leicestershire today.
The Princess is opening the Paralympic Grove, where one million trees will be planted to celebrate Team GB's success in the 2012 Paralympic Games.
Paralympic champion swimmer Ellie Simmonds is also at the event, where Princess Anne will plant an Oak tree, as a lasting legacy.
Princess Anne was in Leicestershire this morning to officially open new military kennel blocks at the Defence Animal Centre in Melton Mowbray.
The new blocks can accommodate 200 dogs and have a specially designed acoustic roof which reduces the noise of barking.
The dogs at the centre are trained for use in action in places such as Iraq and Afghanistan.
Princess Anne's visit comes after the Ministry of Defence has been criticised for putting down some military dogs once their term of service has ended.
New military dog kennel blocks at Melton Mowbray, east Leicestershire, are due to be officially opened by Princess Anne today.
The Princess Royal, who in Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, will inspect the new kennels as well as watch a series of dog demonstrations.
The three new kennel blocks can house 200 dogs, and have been designed to reduce noise levels.
They also feature thermostatically-controlled heating, extractor fans and lighting.