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Putting the Royal into the Royal Norfolk Show

PUBLISHED: 06:39 16 June 2014

Prince Edward the Earl of Wessex walking around the cattle at Royal Norfolk Show in 2006. PHOTO; Matthew Usher COPY; MARK NICHOLS FOR; EDP / RNS COPYRIGHT; EDP pics © 2006 TEL; (01603) 772434

Prince Edward the Earl of Wessex walking around the cattle at Royal Norfolk Show in 2006. PHOTO; Matthew Usher COPY; MARK NICHOLS FOR; EDP / RNS COPYRIGHT; EDP pics © 2006 TEL; (01603) 772434

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The Earl of Wessex, has been proposed as this year’s Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association (RNAA) president. Prince Edward follows in the footsteps of his mother, The Queen, and grandmother, The Queen Mother, who became president of the RNAA 60 years ago when the show was first held at the Costessey showground.

The royal connection is an important part of Norfolk’s much anticipated county show and places the Royal Norfolk Show among only seven in the country to be granted this honour. A royal warrant was awarded to the RNAA in 1908 by King Edward VII and reflects the deep association that the Royal Family has with the county of Norfolk.

Over the past 100 years, 13 members of the Royal Family have been the association’s president and The Queen is still the royal patron.

Timeline of royal presidents since 1900

1923 The Prince of Wales

1928 The Duke of Gloucester

1931 Prince George

1933 The Prince of Wales

1947 King George VI

1950 King George VI

1954 Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother

1978 The Duke of Kent

1986 The Queen

1990 The Princess Royal

1994 The Duke of Gloucester

1999 The Duke of Edinburgh

2004 The Prince of Wales

Members of the Royal Family have also visited the Royal Norfolk Show through the years. Last year, Prince Michael of Kent attended the opening day of the show to support Norwich-based charity Care for Children, of which he is royal patron. In 2008, Prince Harry attended to mark 100 years of the show’s Royal Charter.

“It’s always a huge privilege to have a member of the Royal Family as president,” comments Greg Smith, chief executive of the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association. “The Earl of Wessex is well acquainted with the Royal Norfolk Show, having visited us on three separate occasions, and has experienced the diversity and excitement that surrounds the event. Once elected, Prince Edward will succeed Norfolk broadcaster, Jake Humphrey who proved hugely popular last year.

“The president’s programme is full of activity and not for the faint hearted! During the show, the president will meet with thousands of people including visitors, exhibitors, competitors and members of the Norfolk business community.

“It is important to note that the role of president does not end when the Royal Norfolk Show finishes. The president is the figure-head for the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association and plays an important role as ambassador for our charity, engaging with a variety of rural and agricultural issues during the year-long tenure. We look forward to welcoming the Earl of Wessex in his role as 2014 president.”

Ticket time

The Royal Norfolk Show is being held on Wednesday, 25 and Thursday, 26 June this year. Advance tickets can be bought now from the Royal Norfolk Show website and from mid-May tickets will go on sale in retail outlets across Norfolk, including supermarkets and Tourist Information Centres, and there is a ticket offer locator tool on the show’s website to help people find their nearest outlet.

Advance adult tickets cost £19, children £7 (under-fives are free) and family tickets (two adults and three children aged 5-16) are £50. Concessions are also available. Advance car parking costs £6 per vehicle. There are discounts for schools and groups that purchase tickets in advance and it is recommended to contact the Royal Norfolk Show team for full details.

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