THE Queen is to end her Diamond Jubilee tour of the country with a visit to the New Forest and Hampshire County Show.
Her Majesty, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, will have lunch at the Brockenhurst show ground before viewing livestock, presenting prizes and meeting many of the volunteers who work tirelessly each year for the show.
New Forest Show president and TV personality Alan Titchmarsh will greet the royal couple and take them on a tour by car and by foot of the many stalls, exhibitions and demonstrations on offer during the three-day event.
The visit, at lunchtime on July 25, is all the more exciting for organisers as it is the last stop of the five-month Diamond Jubilee Tour.
Lord Lieutenant Dame Mary Fagan said: “I am thrilled that Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh will join us at the New Forest Show.
“The Diamond Jubilee is a very special event and I know everyone at the show will give the Queen a tremendous welcome.”
This year’s show is set to be a momentous one, and a new Best of British Pavilion has been organised to reflect the royal sense of occasion.
Huge improvements have been made to the site over the past few years, with two new roads, reinstated ditches and new tracking.
And the grass on the show ground is greener than ever as staff have ditched the heavy machinery and have set up on foot.
A show spokesman said: “Massive improvements have been made to the access, site and showground in the past few years, including the widening of access from different directions and new roads into the showground, as well as a network of hard standing roads inside around the site.
“The rings have been well aerated and are in excellent condition and the showground is looking pristine, as no vehicles have been allowed on the grass, to ensure it is good condition for the show.”
The show is being held at the New Forest Park on Tuesday, July 24, 25 and 26.
Tickets are available now from newforestshow.co.uk or by calling 01590 622409.