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Crowds welcome Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall to Sandringham Flower Show

PUBLISHED: 13:57 25 July 2018 | UPDATED: 16:14 25 July 2018

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall arrive at the Sandringham Flower Show. Picture: Ian Burt

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall arrive at the Sandringham Flower Show. Picture: Ian Burt

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Norfolk gave a Royal welcome to the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall as they arrived at Sandringham House for the estate's Flower Show.

Thousands thronged the pathways in the hopes of getting a glimpse of Prince Charles and Camilla, as they toured various exhibitors’ tents and show displays.

Two women had been at their spot beside the Horticultural Display and Competition tent since 8am, three hours before the royals were due to arrive.

Mary Relph, who has been visiting the Sandringham Flower Show since she was 10, said: “I just love them, this is my sixtieth year of coming. They invited me to Harry and Meghan’s wedding, as well as Kate and William’s. When I couldn’t go to their wedding because of illness, Charles sent me a beautiful bouquet of flowers and a letter wishing me well.”

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall arrive at the Sandringham Flower Show. Picture: Ian BurtThe Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall arrive at the Sandringham Flower Show. Picture: Ian Burt

Ms Relph, from King’s Lynn, was granted her wish of meeting her hero again when he warmly greeted her, with the Duchess of Cornwall thanking her for the bouquet of flowers they gave her.

Her friend Sheila Clarke said: “Prince Charles gave my mother a lease of life for another year. He won’t even know it, but he sent my mum a letter when she became ill and said he looked forward to seeing her the next time she was in Norfolk.

“It made her hold on for another year, until she saw the Queen in Liverpool. She never made it home.”

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall arrive at the Sandringham Flower Show. Picture: Ian BurtThe Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall arrive at the Sandringham Flower Show. Picture: Ian Burt

Ms Clarke, 60, who travelled down from Glasgow added: “He still asks me every time he sees me how I’m doing.”

The Prince and the Duchess of Cornwall kept cool with a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses and a parasol respectively.

Upon visiting the rose display in the first show tent, his Royal Highness was heard asking exhibitors how they’d managed to keep their blooms so fresh in the heat.

The Prince of Wales at the Sandringham Flower Show. Picture: Ian BurtThe Prince of Wales at the Sandringham Flower Show. Picture: Ian Burt

The Duchess of Cornwall then led the way to the tent of the National Osteoporosis Society, of which she is a patron.

The pair asked the volunteers whether there had been any advancement in the field the charity were particularly excited about.

They then made their way down the central avenue to the Sandringham Association of Royal Warrant Holders, where they were gifted local produce from Norfolk strawberries to flowers.

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