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Welsh Winter Wonderland: Princess Anne to attend fair

The Princess Royal will attend the second day of the 25th Royal Welsh Winter Fair on Tuesday.

The Royal Welsh Winter Fair is an annual agricultural fair held at the Royal Welsh Showground in Llanelwedd. It is just one of the events organised by the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society (RWAS), which is best known for organising the Royal Welsh Show, the biggest agricultural show in Europe. The Society has played an important part in the development of agriculture in Wales since its formation in 1904.

The first Winter Fair, which was held in 1990, was a massive success, and has since become one of the most popular agricultural events in the UK. Last year, the Fair attracted 29,374 visitors, and even more are anticipated this year.

This will be Princess Anne’s first visit to the Winter Fair, and the only royal visit to the Fair since her brother, Prince Charles, visited and opened the event in 2001. However, The Princess has visited the Royal Welsh Showground on four previous occasions; the first one was in 1981, when she came to the Royal Welsh Show. In addition, Her Majesty The Queen is a patron of the RWAS, and The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall have visited the Society’s events a number of times.

William Hanks, Honorary Winter Fair director, said: “The Royal family have been regular supporters of the society and we have been honoured with many visits to our events over the years and as the Winter Fair is celebrating its silver jubilee this year we are happy to be able to welcome HRH The Princess Royal to the event. We are busy putting together a packed itinerary for the visit and hope that it will undoubtedly make an already atmospheric and festive event even more special in its celebratory year.”

The Silver Jubilee celebrations will include a firework display on Monday evening, a food hall and Farmer’s Market, stalls, demonstrations and exhibitions of cookery, produce and handicraft, and a Santa’s Grotto for the children. Visitors can also take part in a number of competitions, classes and other silver-jubilee themed celebrations.


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