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Countess of Wessex Opens the Royal Windsor Summer Show

The Countess of Wessex opened the Royal Windsor Summer show on Saturday.

Sophie cut the ribbon for the 112th Summer Show. This year St George’s School at Windsor Castle was transformed into a botanical wonder for the show.

This year’s Summer Show celebrates The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh’s 70th wedding anniversary. The organisation counts The Queen as its patron.

The Countess of Wessex received a tour of the show grounds. She had a chance to chat to some of the stallholders and sample local food that was on sale. While she wasn’t quite up for trying a pickled egg she did sample some fudge.

During her tour, she was presented with several gifts including a bottle of Wessex Cider made by Crazy Dave’s Cider and Royal Windsor: Images of a Bygone Age, a book authored by a local historian.

Also in attendance was Mark Tilling, who won the BBC Bake Off Creme-de-la-Creme 2016. The Countess, keen to learn from his expertise, asked him for tips on making a traditional Victoria sponge.

She was joined by fashion designer David Emanuel, who designed the wedding dress that was worn by Princess Diana. The two opened the show together.

The Royal Windsor Rose & Horticultural society, who organise the event, invited local floral clubs to participate in a display at the event. The society’s president, Sir James Perowne, picked an arrangement that will be presented to The Queen.

John Anderson, the keeper of the Queen’s garden attended the event to give tips to experienced and amateur gardeners alike.

The Society Chairman, Andrew Try said: “The society’s purpose, coined back in 1898, was to further the enjoyment of the local community through the appreciation of horticulture.”

The Society has received the patronage of six sovereigns. Upon the founding of the society guests of honour included Princess Christian, the daughter of Queen Victoria.

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