Royal couple to be at Sandringham Flower Show

Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall tour the Sandringham Flower Show on wednesday. ANL-140730-154101009
Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall tour the Sandringham Flower Show on wednesday. ANL-140730-154101009

The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall will be attending the Sandringham Flower Show on Wednesday.

The show takes place in Sandringham Park with Sandringham House and Sandringham Church as a backdrop.

The one-day show attracts some 20,000 visitors each year.

The Prince of Wales is Patron of the Sandringham Estate Cottage Horticultural Society, that organises the show – now in its 135th year.

Many of the East Anglia’s leading nurseries and horticultural specialists exhibit in the show, and it also features display gardens by leading designers, around 200 trade stands (both horticultural and general), a number of charity stands, a craft marquee, main arena events, children’s entertainment and a police band.

The royal marquees house competitions in vegetables, fruit, flowers and floral art, with the entries grown by local residents; there are also some open classes.

In the amateurs’ marquee, local gardening and horticultural clubs enter a display competition, which is judged, whilst the horticultural trades marquee features displays by leading nurseries.

The profits from each show are donated to local charities and since 1977 the show committee has given about £700,000 to good causes.

The show was always a favourite item on the calendar for Prince Charles’ grandmother, the Queen Mother.

After her death in 2002, Charles and Camilla have been frequent attenders. He has even struck up a relationship of sorts with the show’s mascot, Zephyr, a bald egale ... although last year he was careful to not get too close!