A HORSE sanctuary just outside Ingatestone is to be visited by the Countess of Wessex as part of its 30th birthday celebrations.

Remus Memorial Horse Sanctuary, in Buttsbury Road, will be paid a visit by the wife of the Queen’s youngest son Edward on July 10.

Details of what the countess will do at the centre which also cares for ponies, donkeys, cows, sheeps and cats have yet to be confirmed.

Despite this, sanctuary founder Sue Burton said it was exciting to think the Royal Family member would visiting them.

She added: “We are thrilled and very proud to be able to welcome the Countess to the sanctuary and to show her the work we do in this, our 30th year.”