Princess Anne 01
HRH The Princess Royal


Admiring her spirit, Gerald Durrell approached the young Princess to invite her to be the Trust’s Patron in 1972.

The Princess agreed to take on the role, with one condition – that the Trust make the role a demanding one! Gerald Durrell did not need asking twice! From this time on, The Princess Royal has worked tirelessly on behalf of Durrell, visiting its headquarters in Jersey regularly.

She has also visited many of the Trust’s overseas projects and students who have trained at Durrell's Conservation Academy, in countries including Belize, Mauritius, Brazil and Madagascar.