Shepton Mallet is set to receive its second royal visit in a fortnight when the Earl and Countess of Wessex visit the town on June 9th, following a full day of official engagements in Somerset.
Upon arriving at Somerset on Monday, Their Royal Highnesses will carry out a number of both joint and solo engagements. To begin with, the pair will open the new Bridgwater Community Hospital, and the new Thatchers Cider Jubilee Building on Myrtle Farm. They will visit Moorland, a small village which was recently affected by devastating floods, as well as Cheddar Gorge, a limestone gorge known for its show caves.
Later on, the Earl of Wessex is set to visit the Burnham-On-Sea Area Rescue Boat marine rescue centre, a voluntary search and rescue service on the coast of the Bristol Channel. At the same time, his wife, the Countess, is going to open the Somerset Care Home in Tweentown, Cheddar, before paying a visit to the Yoxter Cadet Training Centre.
In the evening, on their last joint engagement of the day, the royal couple will attend a reception and dinner for the Royal Bath and West of England Society at The Showground.
The Royal Bath and West of England Society is a charitable organisation. It was formed in 1777, to actively encourage and improve agricultural activities in Western England, and continues to offer numerous services related to the profession, including seminars, scholarships, advice and a marketplace, where locals can sell their countryside products. The society is based at The Showground, a 240 acre site at Shepton Mallet. The Showground is home to the Royal Bath and West Show, an event held every year to showcase the charity’s cause and work.
While, The Queen is the royal patron of the Royal Bath and West of England Society, her daughter-in-law, the Countess of Wessex, serves as the Vice-Patron. Sophie is also the current President of the Society, a post that was previously held by the Duke of Gloucester, and the Princess Royal before him.
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Edward and Sophie’s visit follows the Duchess of Cornwall’s visit to The Showground last Wednesday, which was the first day of the Royal Bath and West Show. The Duchess sportingly participated in the events, chatting to a girl dressed as a cow and acting as a judge at a blind tasting of cider.