Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall delight crowds at Sandringham Flower Show

PUBLISHED: 17:37 26 July 2017 | UPDATED: 11:28 27 July 2017

The Duchess of Cornwall meeting Lucy Devine (16 months) at the Sandringham Flower Show. Picture: Ian Burt

The Duchess of Cornwall meeting Lucy Devine (16 months) at the Sandringham Flower Show. Picture: Ian Burt

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Visitors from far and wide flocked to the Sandringham Estate to catch a glimpse of the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall at one of Norfolk’s best-loved summer events.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall arrive at the Sandringham Flower Show. Picture: Ian Burt The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall arrive at the Sandringham Flower Show. Picture: Ian Burt

Despite the light rain, thousands waited eagerly for the royal couple to arrive in their customary horse-drawn carriage to the Sandringham Flower Show.

Music by the Essex Police Band and an applause from the crowds welcomed the arrival of Prince Charles and Camilla.

The Duchess of Cornwall at the Sandringham Flower Show. Picture: Ian Burt The Duchess of Cornwall at the Sandringham Flower Show. Picture: Ian Burt

The Duchess, dressed in a summery polka-dot dress and navy jacket, was handed a posy of flowers by seven-year-old George Wood.

The royal couple spent almost two hours making their way through the stalls on display in the royal marquees, showcasing some of the region’s most celebrated nurseries.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall arrive at the Sandringham Flower Show. Picture: Ian Burt The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall arrive at the Sandringham Flower Show. Picture: Ian Burt

Nursery manager of Peter Beales Roses, Ian Linner, was amongst the first to speak to Prince Charles and the Duchess at the event on Wednesday, July 26.

“We are always so delighted to have them come.” Mr Linner said.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall arrive at the Sandringham Flower Show. Picture: Ian Burt The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall arrive at the Sandringham Flower Show. Picture: Ian Burt

“I have been coming here for 41 years. They are used to saying hello to us. Prince Charles said we had a bright display and the smell was very nice.”

As they weaved in and out of the royal marquees, some well-wishers were able to speak to the royal couple and hand gifts and flowers.

The Duchess of Cornwall meeting Lucy Devine (16 months) at the Sandringham Flower Show. Picture: Ian Burt The Duchess of Cornwall meeting Lucy Devine (16 months) at the Sandringham Flower Show. Picture: Ian Burt

Susan Brown travelled from Grimsby with her two dogs, Emily and Amy, who the Duchess looked to be quite fond of.

Ms Brown said: “Camilla asked about my little girls and whether they were related.

The Prince of Wales at the Sandringham Flower Show. Picture: Ian Burt The Prince of Wales at the Sandringham Flower Show. Picture: Ian Burt

“I have never spoken to them before. They are really caring people who love animals. Prince Charles is just like his mother.”

Sheila Clark, from Glasgow, has attended the flower show every year since the 1980s and said she always handed them a framed picture of the royal couple from previous events.

The Duchess of Cornwall was greeted by well wishers at the Sandringham Flower Show. Picture: Ian Burt The Duchess of Cornwall was greeted by well wishers at the Sandringham Flower Show. Picture: Ian Burt

“I love seeing all the flowers,” she said. “I used to come here when Prince Charles came with the Queen Mother.”

The royal couple did not leave empty-handed - they were gifted with hampers of strawberries and Prince Charles even made a purchase at the Sandringham Women’s Institute marquee.

The Duchess of Cornwall was greeted by well wishers at the Sandringham Flower Show. Picture: Ian Burt The Duchess of Cornwall was greeted by well wishers at the Sandringham Flower Show. Picture: Ian Burt

Vice-president Yvonne Brown said: “Prince Charles bought a pack of orange fruit cake.

“It was a very nice visit. They chatted to all of us.”

The Duchess of Cornwall was greeted by Mary Relph at the Sandringham Flower Show. Picture: Ian Burt The Duchess of Cornwall was greeted by Mary Relph at the Sandringham Flower Show. Picture: Ian Burt

The Duchess of Cornwall was greeted by well wishers at the Sandringham Flower Show. Picture: Ian Burt The Duchess of Cornwall was greeted by well wishers at the Sandringham Flower Show. Picture: Ian Burt

The Prince of Wales was greeted by well wishers at the Sandringham Flower Show. Picture: Ian Burt The Prince of Wales was greeted by well wishers at the Sandringham Flower Show. Picture: Ian Burt

The Prince of Wales talking to Pete Welford at the EDP garden at the Sandringham Flower Show. Picture: Ian Burt The Prince of Wales talking to Pete Welford at the EDP garden at the Sandringham Flower Show. Picture: Ian Burt

The Duchess of Cornwall meeting some furry friends at the Sandringham Flower Show. Picture: Ian Burt The Duchess of Cornwall meeting some furry friends at the Sandringham Flower Show. Picture: Ian Burt

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