From the archives: Royal visits to the Royal Norfolk Show through the years
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.
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 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.
The Queen has visited on several occasions.
This year the Earl of Wessex will be visiting the show as president.
- 1 A47 closed in both directions after serious crash
- 2 Revealed: Where dangerous parasite has been reported in Norfolk
- 3 Norfolk deli owner suffers severe spinal injuries in Ibiza diving accident
- 4 Possible foot and mouth disease case investigated at pig farm
- 5 Care home which has sat empty for four years to be revived by new owners
- 6 Family sue Wetherspoon after man falls to death in city pub
- 7 7 dogs looking for new homes in Norfolk
- 8 Driver died in crash with tractor after misjudging corner on rural road
- 9 'Great relief' as vets rule out foot and mouth disease at Norfolk farm
- 10 Traffic delays after car plunges into underpass in Yarmouth
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.