Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by Prince Philip, visited Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire on Tuesday, 11 April 2017 to open the new Elephant Care Centre.
The Queen, Patron of The Zoological Society of London, feeds an elephant at Whipsnade Zoo Today The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, is visiting @zslwhipsnadezoo to officially open the new Elephant Centre. The Queen also met baby elephant ‘Elizabeth’ who was named to celebrate Her Majesty’s 90th Birthday in 2016. 📷PA
The Centre is home to a herd of nine Asian Elephants including baby Elizabeth, who was named after the Queen, and set amidst 30 acres of rolling paddocks.
The calf Elizabeth was born the day before Queen Elizabeth’s 90th celebrations in 2016.
The Queen and the Duke had an opportunity to feed the elephants.
Later that day, the Queen and the Duke visited and met residents from Priory View, an independent living scheme in Dunstable.
The Queen officially opened the centre and was presented with a posy from George Baker, one of Priory View’s oldest residents.
George Baker, one of Priory View’s oldest residents presented The Queen with a posy after HM officially opened the centre in Dunstable. pic.twitter.com/oQykY3cMyh
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) April 11, 2017
It is the first housing scheme of its kind in Bedfordshire.
The complex has 83 self-contained apartments specially designed for older residents to allow them to live in the privacy of their own home whilst benefiting from the support of a local community.
The site has a shop, spa, cafe, a beauty shop and gym, as well as a range of social clubs and activities.