Photo gallery: Royal memories of Sandringham Flower Show in years gone by
Many of the thousands heading for the Sandringham Flower Show this week will be hoping for a glimpse of the event’s Royal patrons, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.
Photo gallery: Royal memories from Sandringham Flower Show
Prince Charles and the Queen Mother at Sandringham, in July 1988.
Chairman Fred White welcomes Prince Charles and the Queen Mother to the Sandringham Show.
A regal smile from a Royal lady. The familier expression on the face of the queen Mother as she tours Sandringham Show. Date: 31 July 1985
The Queen Mother at the Sandringham Show. Date: 28 July 1971
The Queen Mother at the Sandringham Show
Queen Mother at Sandringham Flower Show Crowd picture - people waiting to see glimpse of Queen Mother Dated: 28th July 1960
Royal Family Queen Mother visits Sandringham Show Dated 1957 Photograph C10785
Royal Family Queen Mother visits Sandringham Show Dated 31st July 1974 Photograph C10787
The Queen Mother visits the flower show, in 1990.
Royal Family Queen Mother visits Sandringham Show Dated 31st July 1985 Photograph C10794
Royal Family Queen Mother visits Sandringham Show Dated 28th July 1982 Photograph C10795
Royal Family Queen Mother visits Sandringham Show Looking round the exhibition tents. Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret were escorted by Mr C.H Cook, the show Chairman at the Sandringham Estate Cottages Horticultural Show recently Dated 29th July 1953 Photograph C10798
The Queen Mother and Prince Charles leave Sandringham show in a horse drawn carriage. Pic taken: 31/07/1996. Source: Library.
07/29/98 pic 4 of 6 . Ready for a change of horsepower, the Queen Mother completes her tour of Sandringham Flower Show in her customised buggy & prepares to join the Prince Of Wales to complete the journey to Sandringham House by horse & carriage. JH
ROYAL FAMILY QUEEN MOTHER AT SANDRINGHAM FLOWER SHOW DATE 29TH JULY 1954 PLATE P4737
(7/14 EDI)The Queen Mother takes the limelight at Sandringham. edp 26/7/00
(16/16 EDI)The Queen Mother greets Gladys Turner from Bury St Edmunds at Sandringham flower show. edp 27/7/00
(2/16 EDI) The Queen Mother and Prince Charles arrive at the flower show.
(9/16 EDI) The Queen Mother tries out the seat presented to her at the Sandringham flower show. edp 27/7/00
ROYAL FAMILY QUEEN MOTHER AT SANDRINGHAM SHOW DATED 1955 PLATE P1967
ROYAL FAMILY QUEEN MOTHER AT SANDRINGHAM SHOW DATED EDP 28TH JULY 1955 PLATE P1969
The couple usually arrive by horse-drawn coach and tour the showground, before setting off on a walkabout through the marquees and stalls.
As the 133rd show gets under way on Wednesday, the Prince may recall visiting the show with his late grandmother.
The Queen Mother, who died in March 2002, was a regular visitor to the show, which was established in 1886 by King Edward VII, to encourage tenants and estate workers to take pride in their gardens.
She took great delight in looking at all the marquees, with their displays of produce and preserves set out on trestle tables.
Grainy black and white images captured on the plate cameras of the 1950s show the Queen Mother walking around the event, greeting show-goers in much the same way the Prince and Duchess do today, maintaining one of the event’s much-loved traditions.
In her later years, the Queen Mother did not let her frailty get in the way, taking to a motorised buggy to nip around the showground. Her smile lives on in the memory of many show-goers - even today, you meet so many who remember seeing her, exchanging a wave or meeting her.
Prince Charles shares his grandmother’s love of the quintessentially Norfolk event that is the flower show. His wife, the Duchess, likes to greet familiar faces as they make their way through the crowd.
Some travel miles to the event specifically to see the Royals. A small band, usually led by the doyenne of Royal Watchers Mary Relph, head straight for the best vantage points and wait patiently for the couple to arrive, with their flasks and sandwiches.
While the show committee can make sure every other aspect off the day runs like clockwork, the one thing they can’t control is the weather.
Whether the park basks in a tropical heat wave for this year’s show, or it tips it down like last year, the Prince will be there with the Duchess to oversee an event first started by his great, great grandfather to inspire a love of gardening and healthy country living.