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Sandringham Flower Show cancelled due to pandemic

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The 2021 Sandringham Flower Show has been called off for another year. The cancellation of the 28 July event marks the second time in peacetime the event has been canceled.

In a statement on its website, the Sandringham Flower Show Chairman, David Reeve, said:

“While we are all desperately sad not to be returning to the Showground this year as we had hoped to do, we do not feel that we can mount the Show while still protecting the welfare of our visitors, exhibitors, competitors, and volunteers. We hope that the easing of the Covid-19 pandemic over the course of 2021 will allow us to welcome everybody back in July 2022.”

The attendance of royalty at the event dates back to the reign of Queen Victoria. Victoria bought Sandringham House for her son, the Prince of Wales in 1862. He had the idea of a flower show which was designed to encourage his tenants to keep their gardens tidy and take pride in their work.

The Queen and the Prince of Wales are both patrons of the flower show, and the Prince is known to enjoy his visits to the show with his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall.

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Organisers of the flower show also issued a statement explaining how extraordinary the 2021 cancellation was.

“It is with great sadness that for only the second time in peacetime the committee and trustees of the Sandringham Flower Show have decided that in the current circumstances the 2020 Show, scheduled for July 29, should not now take place. 

It’s estimated about 20,000 people visit the show each year. The profits from the event are donated to local charities and since 1977, the Show Committee has donated more than £500,000 to local charities.

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My name is Sydney Zatz and I am a University of Iowa graduate. I graduated with a degree in journalism and sports studies, and a minor in sport and recreation management. A highlight of my college career was getting the chance to study abroad in London and experiencing royal history firsthand. I have a passion for royals, royal history, and journalism, which led me to want to write for Royal Central.