FINAL preparations are underway for a leading agricultural show being held next week in North Yorkshire, and organisers have announced that on its final day the event will see some royal visitors.
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will visit the Great Yorkshire Show - the largest farming and country event in the North of England - which runs from Tuesday 11th - Thursday 13th July at the Harrogate showground.
They both have a genuine love of the countryside and a real interest in agriculture. They will receive a warm Yorkshire welcome, both from the Society and the Show visitors
Bill Cowling - Honorary Show Director
The Royal couple are expected to tour the show, meeting visitors, exhibitors and staff. The Prince of Wales is Patron of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society which organises the event.
Honorary Show Director, Bill Cowling, will escort the couple around the show. He commented: "We were absolutely delighted to learn that our invitation had been accepted.
"They both have a genuine love of the countryside and a real interest in agriculture. They will receive a warm Yorkshire welcome, both from the Society and the Show visitors. It will be a wonderfully memorable day I am sure."
The royal programme is set to be varied and includes time spent in the livestock areas; the royal couple will also present a number of prizes to winners in the main livestock and equestrian classes.
This will be the 148th Great Yorkshire Show, and last year the event had an all time record of 134,810 visitors over the three days, as well as record breaking entries in many of the main classes.
Past Royal visits to the Great Yorkshire Show
1977 - The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh
1982 - Princess Margaret
1984 - The Duke of Gloucester
1987 - The Duchess of Kent
1990 - The Duke and Duchess of York
1992 - The Princess Royal
1994 - Princess Alexandra
1999 - The Prince of Wales
2002 - The Duke of York