Sunny weather and a royal visitor for the Norfolk Show
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Visitors to this year's Royal Norfolk Show can heave a sigh of relief and leave their wellies behind as forecasters predict it to be fine and dry.
And, with the sun likely to shine, a special royal visitor has been announced for the first day of the show.
HRH Prince Michael of Kent will add a royal sparkle to the popular agricultural show, taking in the sights and sounds of the day.
The prince will be attending in his capacity as royal patron of Norfolk-based charity, Care for Children, and with fingers crossed for a repeat of last year's warm weather should enjoy taking in what the county has to offer.
Greg Smith, chief executive of the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association (RNAA), said: 'We are very honoured and look forward to welcoming HRH Prince Michael of Kent to this year's Royal Norfolk Show.
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'We are grateful for the connection and patronage the Norfolk Show has received since the RNAA was granted the royal prefix in 1908. We are one of only six royal county shows held in the UK and are honoured to host royal visitors and to have had members of the royal family play significant roles as presidents in the past.'
And with reports of some high pressure leading warm weather next week, experts are hopeful for a bright and sunny day.
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Phil Garner, forecaster at Weatherquest, said: 'There will be highs of around 19 degrees on the Wednesday and 21 degrees on the Thursday.
'There's not a high degree of certainty at this point but there are definitely reasons for optimism – we won't know for certain until around Monday.'
However, come rain or shine Prince Michael's appearance is sure to add an extra excitement to Norfolk's premiere show. He will visit the Care for Children's stand, no. 33, where he will sample traditional Chinese tea and dumplings to celebrate a three-year project agreement between Care for Children and the Chinese government.
Mr Smith continued: 'Prince Michael provides valuable support to local charities and business groups and his visit highlights the importance the Royal Norfolk Show plays to the business community and the potential commercial activity that can be undertaken at this unique event.'
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We will provide the best possible preview coverage plus reports, pictures and results from the show in the EDP, on our website www.edp24.co.uk and on Mustard TV.
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