The Prince of Wales got close and personal to sheep and cows on Thursday as he attended the Westmorland Show for the very first time.
During the day-long visit, Prince Charles examined prize-winning sheep and handed out rosettes and trophies to the winners.
The Prince was greeted at the show by local MP and former leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron. While at the event, he also met farmers and stall holders who make and sell local produce.
Over 40,000 people attended this year’s Westmorland County Show which is held each year near the town of Kendal. Many of those present tried hard to get a glimpse of the heir to the throne, and his presence added to the excitement.
Earlier today, speaking to the North West Evening Mail, Chief Executive of Westmorland County Agricultural Society, Christine Knipe, said: “During this visit, we invited His Royal Highness to return one day, so the fact that he will be with us again to experience the Show fills the Society with great pride.
“We are absolutely delighted that His Royal Highness will be attending the show this year and we are sure he will enjoy his day with us.”
As a farmer himself, agriculture and rural affairs are a huge part of the Prince’s life, and he is Patron of many organisations that seek to preserve rural communities and protect British agriculture. These include the Aberdeen Angus Cattle Society, Dry Stone Walling Association, Lleyn Sheep Society, National Hedgelaying Society and Poultry Club of Great Britain.
Prince Charles’ concern for farmers led to him launching several initiatives, including the Rural Action Programme which aims to support rural communities and inspire business to make a positive impact through the way they operate.
You can read more about the Prince of Wales’ work with agriculture and the welfare of rural communities by clicking here.