This week, The Earl of Wessex will become the first member of the Royal Family to attend both days of the Royal Norfolk Show in 60 years, following in his Grandmother, The Queen Mother’s footsteps.
Prince Edward is this year’s Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association President and he is the 13th member of his family to take that title. His Grandmother, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, was president 60 years ago when the show was first held at its current location in Costessey. The Queen Mother is the only member of the Royal Family to attend the show on both days, that is until this year’s show when Prince Edward will do the same.
Her Majesty The Queen was show president in 1986 and she continues to be the association’s Royal Patron. The Duke of Edinburgh was show president in 1999, as was Prince Charles in 2004. In 2008 it was the turn of Prince Harry, who spoke to the crowds during his visit. The Princess Royal was show president in 1990 but also attended the show in 2011.
Prince Edward did attend the show in 2006 but this year will be the first time that he has been president. When speaking about the upcoming show, Julian Taylor, the show director at RNAA, said: “As many know, this will be a very special year for the show as we are celebrating our 60th anniversary on the Costessy Showground. As a result I am thrilled the HRH The Earl of Wessex is President of this years show; reaffirming our ‘Royal’ status”.
The Royal Norfolk Show is one of only seven to have this connection after a Royal warrant was awarded to the RNAA in 1908 by King Edward VII. It reflects the deep association that the Royal Family has with Norfolk, where they continue to spend Christmas every year at Sandringham.
As president, Prince Edward will fulfill a busy programme of visits and presentations at the showground during his two day stay on Wednesday and Thursday. Mr Taylor commented: “The Earl of Wessex is a great supporter of agriculture so I know the Norfolk community will be delighted to see him here once again at the regions biggest annual event of the year”.
This year’s Royal Norfolk Show 2014 takes place on Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th June. Highlights from the show this year include: Bolddog Lings FMX Display Team, RAF Falcons Freefall Parachute Team, Equine Displays, The Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas and a visit from TV chef James Martin.
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