From the archives: Royal visits to the Royal Norfolk Show through the years

The Queen in 1957.

The Queen in 1957.

To celebrate the 60th Royal Norfolk Show at the Costessey showground, we take a look back through the EDP's picture archive at some of the royal visits from days gone by.

The Earl of Wessex in 2006.

The Earl of Wessex in 2006. - Credit: Matthew Usher

Undoubted highlights of the Royal Norfolk Show have been the visits by members of the Royal Family – and this year is no exception, with Prince Edward taking the presidency in 2014.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh in 1986.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh in 1986.

The county has a long and proud association with the Royal Family, who traditionally spend Christmas at Sandringham House – and that link will strengthen when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George move into their home at Anmer on the estate.

Members of the Royal Family always receive a warm welcome at their public engagements in the county – especially at the Royal Norfolk Show.

The late Queen Mother visited the first Royal Norfolk Show to be held at the Costessey showground in 1954, and her tour of the site is pictured on the previous page. Highlights included the flower show and the rural crafts area.


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The Queen has visited on several occasions.

This year the Earl of Wessex will be visiting the show as president.

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His sister, the Princess Royal, drew crowds on her tour in 2011.

The young royals have lots of fans – and one of the highlights in recent years was a visit by Prince Harry, who came in 2008.

• To mark the Royal Norfolk Show's 60th anniversary at the Costessey showground, the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association (RNAA) is publishing a sumptuous magazine full of historical photos, memories and details of the Royal Norfolk Show from 1954 to the present day.

Through the magazine you can, for example, find out more about the show's many renowned and coveted trophies and rosettes; the ways in which fashion has changed since the 50s; the rare breeds and livestock that have appeared at the showground over the years; the evolution of agricultural machinery and processes; the Royal Family's many visits to the show; and the work that goes into organising the event – as well as the thoughts of this year's RNAA President, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.

• To join the RNAA in celebrating this milestone year in Norfolk, you can buy a copy of the magazine at the 2014 Royal Norfolk Show, or by visiting www.buyamag.co.uk/RNS – something to be treasured for the next 60 years.

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