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The Duchess of Cornwall attends the Devon County Show

16th May 2013

The Duchess of Cornwall greets sisters Grace and Harriet as she visits the Dream Away charity tent at the Devon Show in Exeter, Devon.

The Duchess of Cornwall greets sisters Grace and Harriet as she visits the Dream Away charity tent at the Devon Show in Exeter, Devon

The Duchess of Cornwall had a family day out at the Devon Country Show in Exeter today.

Huge crowds gathered to greet The Duchess, who opened the three day farming and countryside show in bright sunshine.

Her Royal Highness toured the 93 acre showground and was presented with three trios of pekin bantams by John Redler, who has been involved in poultry showing for 40 years.

One trio will go to The Duchess's home at Highgrove and the remaining two will be shared between her grandchildren.

As she opened the show, Her Royal Highness said: "I am delighted to declare the Devon County Show open and I hope everyone has a wonderful time."

The Duchess spent almost five hours at the show enjoying various marquees and learning about the work of Dream-A-Way, this year's official show charity.

Dream-A-Way chairman Jeff Merritt said he founded the charity 20 years ago to provide holidays and outings for local people with special needs, disabilities or serious illnesses.

"To be chosen as the charity of the Devon County Show is a high point in our anniversary year," he said. 

"And to have The Duchess visit the show and come to our stand is really the icing on the cake.

"She was very friendly, keen to listen and very interested in what we do."

Anna Dunn from Exeter in Devon, whose daughter Harriet has cerebral palsy and is partially sighted, said: "It's the first time the children have met anyone like this.

"She asked us what the charity had done for us and we told her that they paid for a holiday in Spain which was absolutely fantastic."

The Duchess visited the Food and Drink marquee where she sampled a range of local produce including Rhuberry Jam and was presented with a hamper.

The show, in its 118th year, continues on Friday and Saturday.