Prince Charles celebrates 70 years as Duke of Cornwall at agricultural show

Prince Charles has marked 70 years of holding the title Duke of Cornwall by visiting the county’s annual agricultural show.

The prince, accompanied by his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, toured the Royal Cornwall Show on Friday, talking to dozens of local businesses exhibiting their wares, from sparkling cider, to biltong, to hot sauce.

Arriving at the show, the royal couple were presented with a harvest jug created by St Ives-based potter Adrian Brough. The jug was decorated with images of flowers and sheaves of wheat, and is traditionally used in Cornwall to carry ale or cider at harvest time.

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Charles and Camilla then went to visit some of the artisan food producers in the main pavilion, working their way through the crowds of people who came down to see them.

At one point, the pair spoke to Scott Hall, of Cornish Chillies, a company making condiments from its 4,000 UK-grown chilli plants.

Speaking to the PA news agency, Mr Hall said: “Charles was wondering how hot our sauces were, and we said they are anything from mild to super hot.

“Camilla said she wanted to get some for her son (food critic) Tom Parker Bowles.”

Elsewhere, Charles and Camilla tried some sparkling cider, which Camilla described as “smooth and refreshing”.

But the royals decided not to try everything at the show, with Charles turning down some Cornish Biltong. Kerry Rickard, whose family have run their butchery business since the 1960s, was told by the Prince that "it might pull his teeth out” if he was to try some of it.

Following this, Camilla visited the dog show tent, where different terriers were competing to be named top dog, and went on to admire the blooms in the flower tent.

Charles spent also some time with the team managing the Duchy of Cornwall, including young farmers preparing to step into their parents’ shoes when they retire.

Later in the afternoon, the royal couple were due to watch a parade of British sheep, goats and cows, and hand out trophies to competitors in the livestock contest.

The Prince of Wales had a stylish look for the event, wearing a tan suit with lilac shirt and grey patterned tie – completing the look with a cool pair of red sunglasses as he met the crowds who had flocked to see him.

The Duchess of Cornwall also looked very fashionable, wearing a matching cream jacket and skirt along with a pin labelling her as the Vice President of the Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association.

Camilla and Charles were not the only public figures at the Royal Cornwall Show on Friday, with the Prime Minister making a flying visit to the showground on Friday morning.

Boris Johnson visited the cattle tent and sheep tent, and spoke to various traders in the exhibition centre, and also posed for selfies with members of the public.

One member of show staff said Mr Johnson had received a “mixed reception”, but added: “I think on balance there was still more cheering than booing.”

They added: “I don’t think he minded, he’s got a hide like a rhinoceros.”

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