Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip visited the new elephant center at the Whipsnade Zoo in Dunstable, Britain yesterday.


The brand new center opens to the public Wednesday, April 12. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh joined the celebration for the opening of the $2.5 Centre for Elephant Care.

The Queen, in a lavender suit and matching hat, met a few of the elephants, including one Asian elephant named after her. The pair fed bananas to a 7-year-old elephant named Donna, who gladly took the fruit right out of the Queen’s hand.

The Queen and Prince Philip seemed pleased to spend time with the majestic animals. And the animals were certainly pleased to eat royal bananas.


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The new elephant center will nurture a herd of nine elephants with help from the Zoological Society of London’s elephant team. The director of the ZSL, David Field, said the Queen was “absolutely delighted” that the over-one thousand pound animal was named on her behalf.

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