Camilla charms grumpy Shetland pony at Ebony horse club

The Duchess of Cornwall, President of the Ebony Horse Club, visits the charity's Brixton riding centre to celebrate the club's 21st anniversary.

The Duchess of Cornwall, President of the Ebony Horse Club, visits the charity's Brixton riding centre to celebrate the club's 21st anniversary.

The Duchess of Cornwall has used her horse-whispering skills on a grumpy old Shetland pony during a visit to an inner-city club.

Pedro is widely acknowledged as one of the more cantankerous animals at the Ebony Horse Club, but moments after Camilla walked into his paddock the diminutive pony came up to make friends, giving her a friendly sniff.

The Duchess of Cornwall, President of the Ebony Horse Club, visits the charity's Brixton riding centre to celebrate the club's 21st anniversary

The Duchess of Cornwall, President of the Ebony Horse Club, visits the charity's Brixton riding centre to celebrate the club's 21st anniversary

The Duchess is president of the club in Brixton, south London, and was visiting the centre to mark its 21st anniversary by watching displays of horsemanship and presenting rosettes.

Natasha Williams, 19, who learned to ride at the club and hosted the Duchess's visit, said: "Pedro is incredibly grumpy, he does love people and hates people at the same time.

"There's even a story about him being taken to a wedding and biting the bride."

Pedro's stable was fitted with a periscope to allow him to see over his gate but it has since been adapted to allow the 17-year-old to see activities in the yard.

The Duchess of Cornwall, President of the Ebony Horse Club, visits the charity's Brixton riding centre to celebrate the club's 21st anniversary.

The Duchess of Cornwall, President of the Ebony Horse Club, visits the charity's Brixton riding centre to celebrate the club's 21st anniversary.