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Royal couple to visit Great Yorkshire Show

[Friday 07 July 2006]

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.

The Prince last visited in 1999 when crowds turned out in their thousands to welcome him. It will be the Duchess's first visit to the event which is one of the highlights of the Yorkshire calendar.

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

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