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Princess is given huge welcome

By This is Cornwall  |  Posted: June 07, 2009

  • Princess Alexandra inspects medals worn by the Bugle Platoon of The Rifles, who played a rousing fanfare on her arrival

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CROWDS at the Royal Cornwall Show flocked to welcome a royal visitor on the second day of the popular agricultural event.

Princess Alexandra flew into Newquay Airport before arriving at the Wadebridge showground early yesterday afternoon.

Glorious weather greeted the royal party when they arrived at the Pavilion Centre to cheers and applause from the crowds.

This year's visit was the fifth the Queen's cousin has made to the show.

Next year, Prince Charles will act as the show's president.

The Princess, who wore a beige jacket and hat complemented with an orange check skirt and turquoise silk scarf, arrived with Lady Mary Holborow, Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall.

A rousing fanfare played by the Bugle Platoon of The Rifles resplendent in their deep green uniforms with a dash of red filled the air as Lady Mary stepped out of a white Range Rover.

Amid tight security, the Princess chatted to members of the Bugle Platoon before taking time to talk to members of the crowd and to pose for photographs.

A number of local dignitaries were then presented to the Princess.

The group included Captain Iain Mackie, High Sheriff of Cornwall, Colin Brewer vice-chairman of Cornwall Council, Kevin Lavery, Clerk to Lieutenancy and chief executive of Cornwall Council, Stephen Otter, Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police, the Rt Rev Tim Thornton, Bishop of Truro, and Anthony Fortescue, president of the Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association.

Mr Fortescue presented Princess Alexandra with a Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association vice-president's badge.

Jonathan Coode, chairman of the Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association, said: "We are very pleased to be welcoming Her Royal Highness.

"This occasion is particularly special because of her knowledge and interest in the show built up over her four previous visits.

"I think I speak for all members of the association when I say the Princess's long-term and consistent support for the Royal Cornwall Show has been both welcome and valuable over the years."

A private lunch with around 100 guests was held in the Princess's honour in the president's marquee after which she was invited to sign the association's visitors book.

First stop was the poultry marquee followed by a trip to the bees and honey marquee.

From there. it was just a short walk to the nearby goat marquee before the Princess was driven off to the pig judging rings.

Next on the list was a trip to the rural crafts association pavilion before the Princess took her seat in the royal box at the main ring.

The Princess enjoyed the best seat in the house to watch the grand parade of cattle, sheep and goats.

At the end of the parade, Princess Alexandra was invited into the ring to present the championship trophies.

From there, she was driven to the Cornwall Council pavilion where she met Kevin Lavery, chief executive, who escorted her on a short tour of the site.

Afterwards, the royal party walked over to the Merlin Project – Cornwall Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre where the Princess met founder and president Dr Derek Murphy and chairman Simon Sherrard.

The Cornwall Food and Farming pavilion was next on the tour where the Princess met representatives from the Women's Farming Union.

Before leaving the pavilion, the Princess received a huge hamper of Cornish food and drink.

As she left for the airport, Enid Marshall, 80, from Wadebridge, said: "I love it when the royals take the time to come and see us.

"It makes the show that bit more special. I can't wait until Prince Charles comes next year."

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