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Prince Charles and Camilla

Camilla meets a woman with a chicken on her head

Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall
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The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall were busy on Thursday visiting the Great Yorkshire Show. The couple were busy meeting many different people at the fair, seeing demonstrations, and even meeting some notable animals. Camilla’s day included a very interesting introduction to a rare-breed chicken. 

The Great Yorkshire Show is a three-day agriculture event that takes place annually in Harrogate. Run by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, which was founded in 1837, the first show was held in 1838, and by 1843, the show was known colloquially as the Great Yorkshire Show. It includes livestock competitions and auctions, riding and showjumping, cookery demonstrations, and more. This year, the show is running from Tuesday, 13 July to Friday, 16 July. 

The couple split up to visit different parts of the fair. Camilla visited the children’s education area, where she met Deb Howe, who runs Eggucation. The group focuses on ethical hatching schools and the conservation of rare-breed chickens, including the Blue Bantam Croad Langshan and the Large Black Croad Langshan. While she was chatting with Deb about chickens, one of the fearless fowls was perched on Deb’s head. 

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After seeing Deb, she visited a honey stand showcasing local honey. The Duchess keeps her own beehives, as does Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cambridge. 

The Duchess also met many different animals at the Show. She visited the “Terrier Area” and spent some time with the dogs, a fitting choice as both Camilla and Charles have terriers. As always, she enjoyed seeing many of the horses there for various equestrian competitions and events and even met a tarantula.

The Prince of Wales was also busy touring the livestock area. He looked to be enjoying himself as he met cattle being judged, sheep ready for shearing, as well as horses preparing for competition. 

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