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It is all looking rosy for Sandringham Flower Show on Wednesday with Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall expected to be there for their traditional walkabout.

As well as the Royal visit, there are gardening celebrities lined-up and horticultural displays to rival Chelsea.

It all takes place in an informal garden party atmosphere with marquees full of flowers and floral arrangements, vegetables, fruit, cakes and preserves and classes for local gardening clubs.

Sandringham Flower Festival ..Sandringham Flower Festival ..Prince Charles and Camilla in attendance. (13938783)
Sandringham Flower Festival ..Sandringham Flower Festival ..Prince Charles and Camilla in attendance. (13938783)

But the highlight is always the Royal visit, with the couple usually arriving mid-morning in a horse drawn carriage and staying for about 90 minutes.

In that time they look at the exhibits, talk to the crowds which line their path and pop into trade stands including those for local schools and charities, Sandringham Women’s Institute and the Royal Warrant Holders’ Association. They might also do a spot of shopping.

They are due to present trophies to the winners of the Royal estate gardens competition and will meet the show organisers.

Elsewhere there is a show gardens competition and a gardening forum and the showground is lined with trade stands, many of them devoted to gardening, as well as craft stands and charity stalls.

This year’s main arena programme will feature equine and motorcycle stunt displays, falconry, lurchers, the Red Devils parachute team and marching bands. Gun dog tests take place on the edge of the showground.

The gates will open from 10am. Admission is £12.50 for adults, free for children under 16 and parking is also free.

This will be the 138th show and profits from the event have raised more than £500,000 for local charities since 1977.

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