Organisers of last Wednesday’s Sandringham Flower Show have described it as a “magical day”.
Show chairman, David Reeve, said that the traditional visit by the Princes of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall was the highlight and their walkabout through the crowds was full of warmth, laughter and good humour.
“There was a genuine rapport between them and the people. The weather was on our side, the sun came out and it was a magical day.”
He added that, while it will be some time before final attendance figures are calculated, there was every sign that it was one of the best supported on record.
The royal visitors spent about two hours on the showground, walking through lines of well-wishers and shaking hands and chatting all the way.
They accepted gifts, including some for the Royal grandchildren, flowers and there were baskets of strawberries from the Sandringham Royal Warrant Holders Association.
They also visited various stands and showed particular interest in a garden illustrating the work of East Anglian Children’s Hospice and its campaign to raise money for a new hospice in Norfolk.
The Duchess of Cambridge is patron of the organisation.
The Duchess of Cornwall is president of the National Osteoporosis Society and spent time chatting to local volunteers.
The couple chatted to TV garden presenter Chris Beardshaw who was at the show judging the garden design section. He lives close to their home at Highgrove and introduced his daughters Freya, seven, and Lily, nine.
They met exhibitors in the horticultural marquee, including Shelley Eagle and Daniel Newstead, representing Norfolk Lavender.
Shelley presented a hand-tied bunch of lavender to the Duchess who admired the willow sculptures which were a feature of their display.
In the Sandringham Women’s Institute marquee they met chairman Yvonne Browne and fellow members and bought a toy and some fruity flapjack.
Displays in the estate schools marquee caught their eye, including one inspired by Flitcham Academy’s visit to the poppy memorial at the Tower of London.
Lynn Air Cadets lined up to salute the Royals as they left the showground.