Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall visit Royal Welsh Show

4 July 2013

Their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have accepted an invitation to visit this year’s Royal Welsh Show and they will be at Llanelwedd for the third day of the event, Wednesday July 24.

“The society is delighted to announce the royal visit and we are honoured that both the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are to join us this year,” said the new chief executive of the RWAS, Steve Hughson.

“The Prince is a great supporter of agriculture and has led many projects such as the Cambrian Mountains Initiative which shows a great deal of understanding of the issues affecting rural communities.

“We are putting together a packed itinerary and hope that many people at the show will have an opportunity to see the royal couple.”

The Prince of Wales, who has been a stalwart supporter of the society and knows many of the farmers who exhibit at Llanelwedd, was president of the RWAS in 2004, the society’s centenary year.

While this will be the Duchess of Cornwall’s first visit it will be the seventh time for the Prince to visit the Royal Welsh.  The first was in 1969 and he was present again in 1988, 1995 and 1999.  He returned in the following year and officially opened the 2000 show, and in 2001 he was at Llanelwedd again to open the Winter Fair.

Royal connections with the show go back to 1907 when, three years after the foundation of the society, the then Prince of Wales became patron.

The Royal family have regularly supported the show throughout the society’s history.  In 1966, three years after it settled on the permanent site, Princess Margaret became the first royal visitor to the new showground.