All members of the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association are deeply saddened to hear of the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
Prince Philip had been a champion of the agricultural sector and we recall with gratitude his support, as President of the RNAA, in 1999, and his drive and energy to found the Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth at the Royal Show, held in Norfolk in 1957.
Our deepest sympathies are with Her Majesty the Queen and all members of the Royal family.
Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth and HRH Prince Philip at the Royal Norfolk Show 1986
The following is an extract from the 1999 Royal Norfolk Show catalogue:
Everyone who has anything to do with the management of the land recognises that agriculture has changed dramatically and at great speed within the last half century.
One of the most important “engines of change” has been the many county, regional and national agricultural societies.
They have consistently championed improvements in techniques, but they have never flinched from the difficult task of assessing the impact of changes on the natural environment.
Norfolk is one of the country’s most important agricultural counties, which means that The Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association, and its Annual Show, have very special responsibilities. They have to show the urban population what agriculture is all about and they have to help the members of the Association to be profitable as well as considerate land managers.
I hope that everyone attending the Show – members, exhibitors, officials and visitors – will thoroughly enjoy the experience and take home with them new knowledge and new friends.