Royal Seal of Approval for New Campaign

The Pollyanna Pickering Foundation is honoured that Princess Elizabeth de Croy has officially launched its major fund-raising campaign for 2005.

The project will help tiger conservation world wide, especially in Nepal. In Conjunction with Bill Jordan's Wildlife Defence Fund the Foundation is planning to raise funds to build a new tiger orphanage in the Chitwan National Park.

It is hoped that by working together the two organisations will be able to begin work on the orphanage early next year.

Princess Elizabeth is pictured above with Pollyanna and the superb original painting of a white tiger which will be the first prize in the Foundation's annual prize draw. There will be a further eleven runners up prizes.

Princess de Croy, who carries the titles of Her Serene Highness Princess Elizabeth de Croy and Princess of Solre is descended from the Kings of Hungary, and is a highly respected international animal welfare advocate.

The Princess is vice-president of the Paris based National Council for the Protection of animals, and is on the advisory board of WSPA and the RSPCA in the UK as well as being associated with countless other animal welfare organisations. She is a great admirer of Pollyanna's work - selling many cards over the years to help raise funds for her own animal shelter in Thiernay, France.

Now a dedicated campaigner on behalf of her beloved animals, the Princess has lead a fascinating life. Asked about a duel that was once fought over her favours, she replied, "It was so long ago! Nobody was killed, I'm relieved to say – just a trickle of blood".

Following the launch, an interview with Pollyanna was filmed for a documentary about the Princess which is currently in production.