Prince Charles visits Westmorland County Show

The Prince of Wales today attended the Westmorland County Show, once again showing his support for British agriculture.

The Prince joined 40,000 other show goers at the annual event held at Milnthorpe, near Kendall in Cumbria.

Touring the show, Prince Charles chatted to the locals, and those who had travelled for the event. Highlights of the show included horse jumping, traditional Cumberland wrestling, as well as craft lessons from the WI, of which The Queen is patron.

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Charles has been a regular visitor to the region over the years, and in particular has been keen to show support for the local economy after the foot and mouth outbreak in 2001, and when flooding wreaked havoc to parts of the county in 2015.

On hand to give the Prince some local insight was the MP for the area, Tim Farron, who has recently handed over leadership of the Liberal Democrats to Vince Cable.

In April 2015, the heir to the throne visited Westmorland County Agricultural Society to hear about its educational activities, and meet officials and volunteers.

As with many of these rural shows, there was plenty of local food and drink on offer, which the royal guest duly sampled.

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Chief executive of Westmorland County Agricultural Society, Christine Knipe, said, “During this [previous] visit, we invited His Royal Highness to return one day, so the fact that he will be with us again to experience the Show fills the Society with great pride.

“It’s just such a huge honour for our society, we are 218 years old and this is the first time he has visited us here. It’s just so fantastic for all our volunteers and everyone who makes so much effort into an event like this. We are sure he will enjoy his day with us.”

Charles wore numerous badges on his lapel to the event, showing all the organisations that he supports in this field.

The Prince of Wales also inspected the sheep competing, carrying a crook around. Charles looks after The Duchy of Cornwall and is greatly knowledgeable about farming and livestock.

prince charles inspects the sheep competing at the westmorland county show (clarence house)

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