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The Duchess of Cornwall visits the Royal Bath & West Show

28th May 2014

The Duchess of Cornwall visits the Royal Bath and West Show

The Duchess of Cornwall visits the Royal Bath and West Show

The Duchess of Cornwall shared a laugh with a cow that was not what it seemed, during a visit to a country show.

Her Royal Highness came across the strange farmyard animal as she toured the Bath and West Show.

Inside the cow costume - which was emblazoned with the offers "hug me" and "have a selfie" - was Lucy Pulsford, 19.

The Duchess stroked the cow costume ears, asking the teenager "How long do you have to stay in there?" and "Are they feeding you?".

Cider judged by The Duchess of Cornwall at the Royal Bath and West Show

The encounter took place in the young farmers' club tent and The Duchess, who is President of the Royal Bath and West Society, went on to tour the cattle and livestock rings, the Farming for the Family stands and the food halls.

As she walked around, The Duchess accepted the offer to try some ciders, and in the blind test picked one with a name close to home - Harry's Cider - as her favourite.

For her efforts trying tipples from the West Country she was given a badge, which she proudly wore, that said "I am a cider judge".

Also at the show was Julian Temperley, the renowned cider brandy maker from Somerset, who is the father of fashion designer Alice Temperley.

Her Royal Highness presented a lifetime achievement award to the producer, who introduced her to some members of his family.

He was joined by his two-year-old grandson, Rufus, who threw a tantrum and slapped rather than shook The Duchess's hand and appeared to kick her.

The Duchess, who has five grandchildren, laughed off the youngster's antics, and jokingly put up her hands for a mock boxing match with the toddler.