This year’s Royal visitor to the Royal Cornwall Show will stay not one but two days.
The Countess of Wessex is to be guest of honour at the show, which takes place at its traditional showground near Wadebridge next week (June 5, 6 and 7).
She will be in attendance on the first two days of the show, looking at exhibitions and taking part in presentations through her role as president of the Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association (RCAA).
It will be the first visit to the show for the Countess, but not to the showground.
She visited when she became president elect at the 2013 RCAA annual general meeting and opened the new Exhibition Hall.
Following her appointment as president in March she then hosted a reception at the Pavilion Centre.
Former president Colonel Edward Bolitho, Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall and this year’s deputy president will assist Her Royal Highness with her official presidential duties during the show.
He said: “It is up there with the best and is still a farming show – one that attracts large numbers of non-farmers as well.
“I am pleased to play my part in something that is so very special for Cornwall and which is so well respected.”
Past Royals to have visited the show include the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh in 2000, with a two day visit by the Princess Royal in 1993.
Christopher Riddle, RCAA secretary, said he was thrilled about the planned Royal visit.
He said: “We are delighted to welcome the Countess of Wessex on her first visit to the show with the added good news that she is able to attend for two days.
“The Countess informed us at the president’s reception that she has a good track record in bringing fine weather to the shows she has attended in the past and a repeat of the glorious Cornish sunshine that bathed last year’s show would be very welcome!”
With less than four weeks to go until show time, months of planning behind the scenes will soon come to fruition. Three show days bursting with things to see and do are set to attract an expected attendance of around 120,000 visitors. Livestock and equine entries are buoyant, with the cattle, sheep and pig sections entries close to record levels.