The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society pays tribute to the Queen
The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society (RWAS) has paid tribute to the Queen following her death last week, aged 96.
The company has also shared images of Queen Elizabeth II on previous visits to Powys, including the Royal Welsh Show in 1983 and most recently in 2004 – the company’s centenary year.
RWAS said it is with deep sadness and a deep sense of loss that it marked the passing of Her Majesty The Queen, who died surrounded by her family at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on Thursday, September 8th.
The society said it joined the whole nation in mourning the Queen who was patron of the society for 70 years. His dedication and interest in Welsh agriculture has been a constant support to society, RWAS said.
In 1947, the Queen, then Princess Elizabeth, had her first official role in society as Honorary President of the Year. During her tenure as President, the Princess visited the Royal Welsh Show, then being held in Carmarthen, and embarked on “a triumphant tour of the fairgrounds”.
An excerpt from the show’s 1947 report said of the visit: “Princess Elizabeth visited the show on the opening day and was given a standing ovation for her progress to and from the show ground which at times became almost embarrassing in its fervor.
“Her Royal Highness then gave a speech during which she caused great excitement by referring to ‘this beautiful land of Wales’.”
Following the death of her father, King George VI, the Queen took over the role of patroness of the society in 1952 and has held that position ever since. In an extract from the society’s journal from 1952, RWAS chairman Sir Bryner Jones wrote of the Queen’s decision to become a patron. “My first duty must be to express our deepest sense of gratitude that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has graciously hinted at her intention to continue the patronage that her late father, King George VI, and grandfather, King George V, had granted to the society,” said Sir Bryner.
“By her gracious decision to allow her name to be linked with our society, she has amply demonstrated her concern for the future prosperity of Welsh agriculture. We sincerely hope that Her Majesty may be spared to enjoy a long reign , happy and peaceful.
The Queen had since visited the iconic Royal Welsh Show on several other occasions, most recently in 2004 in the company’s centenary year. During her visit, the Queen officially opened the new Entrance A and Shearing Pavilion before taking in the spectacle and presenting the Society’s official awards, including many long-serving staff, as well as Welsh pony and Welsh cob stallion prizes in the main ring. .
The company’s chief executive, Steve Hughson, said: “On behalf of everyone at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society, I send my deepest condolences to the members of the Royal Family at this difficult time.
“The Queen has provided unwavering support and guidance to our country and others around the world, and I am fortunate to have experienced her curiosity, humor and deep sense of purpose. to have to. These are memories that will never leave me.
Board Chair-Elect Professor Wynne Jones added: “We send our condolences to King Charles and the entire Royal Family and wish to express our gratitude to the Queen for her interest in rural affairs and her support for the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society.”
The company added that its deepest condolences go out to the Royal Family at this sad time.