Camilla Gets Friendly with Horses on Visit to Royal Artillery

The Duchess of Cornwall

PA/Landov

updated 03/14/2012 AT 10:00 AM ET

originally published 03/14/2012 AT 2:00 PM ET

She’s getting it straight from the horse’s mouth!

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, visited the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery headquarters yesterday, spending a few affectionate moments with the four-legged members of the saluting battery. In between feeding mints to the animals, Camilla had a few laughs – and even a little scare.

While most of the horses stayed polite in their interactions with the Duchess, one aggressive animal pushed her, prompting the Duchess to scold the offending horse.

The Duchess is the patron of the British Equestrian Federation, the U.K.’s governing body for horse sports, and has long loved horses. In addition to riding and breeding horses, Camilla enjoys attending equestrian events around London. She keeps two horses at Highgrove Estate, the home she shares with Prince Charles.

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