2014 Great Yorkshire Show set for a Royal double

Princess Anne, one of two Royals attending this year's Great Yorkshire Show.
Princess Anne, one of two Royals attending this year's Great Yorkshire Show.
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Royalty will be among the thousands of visitors to this year’s Great Yorkshire Show for the first time since 2011.

The Harrogate show’s organisers, the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, has announced two Royal guests will be attending its flagship event this summer.

The Countess of Wessex, Sophie Rhys-Jones, will visit the agricultural showpiece for the first time on the first day of the three-day event, on Tuesday, July 8.

Her Royal Highness will be followed the day after by Princess Anne, who has been a guest at the show on several occasions in the past, most recently in 2010.

Bill Cowling, the event’s honorary show director said: “This is super news and will make it a very special show, both for us as organisers and for the thousands of visitors.

“We are in the process of finalising the programmes for our Royal guests but touring the show, meeting visitors and exhibitors as well as staff and stewards will be the focus.”

Around 135,000 people are expected to attend the show at the spa town’s showground for its 156th incarnation.

The Great Yorkshire, billed as England’s premier agricultural show, has the backing of The Prince of Wales who is its patron. He last made an appearance himself in 2011 alongside The Duchess of Cornwall.

Early ticket sales are strong, organisers report. There will be competitive classes for around 8,000 animals, demonstrations of country skills, fashion shows, cookery theatres and an exhibition of British food and drink.

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