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Video/Gallery: Prince Harry’s heartfelt thanks to county during visit to the Suffolk Show

19:10 29 May 2014

Prince Harry arrives at the Suffolk Show 2014.

Prince Harry arrives at the Suffolk Show 2014.

Sarah Lucy brown

Prince Harry has thanked the people of Suffolk for their “kindness” during his three years as a soldier in the county.

At a packed Suffolk Show today, the Royal guest gave a heartfelt speech which revealed his fondness for Suffolk and how much he had enjoyed his time here.

It came on the second day of the county’s agricultural show at Trinity Park, Ipswich, which organisers tonight hailed a huge success.

The Prince, who was an Apache pilot based at Wattisham Airfield until recently, said: “It’s no accident Britain’s greatest landscape painters took their inspiration from Suffolk’s huge skies and gentle seas.

“I know this because I have had the pleasure of flying Her Majesty’s Apaches through those skies over the past years.

“Which brings me to say thank you from the bottom of my heart to the welcome and kindness I have received during my time as a Suffolk soldier.

“It’s one thing to have experienced such generosity of spirit, it’s quite another to have encountered it from people who have had me buzzing over them and their animals at all hours of the day and night.”

He paid tribute to Suffolk for being “durable, powerful and magnificent” and, in the centenary year of the start of the First World War, highlighted the men from the county who died for freedom.

Prince Harry also thanked the people of Suffolk for giving him privacy while he was stationed in the county – he was grateful for the opportunity of living a relatively “normal” life while at Wattisham.

He went on to tour the show, which attracts tens of thousands of visitors over two days, and saw prize-winning farmyard animals, from cattle and sheep to horses, and toured displays of tractors and combine harvesters, and met young farmers and many others associated with the farming industry.

As the Suffolk Show came to an end tonight, the event’s honorary director, Bill Baker, hailed it a success.

Mr Baker said he had been left “staggered” and “thrilled to bits” by the reaction to the two-day event.

“You could sense the anticipation before Prince Harry’s arrival,” he said.

“We had to keep the programme to ourselves for security reasons but the crowds were desperate to see him. The children that he presented the award to for farming - you could see the joy, tears and pride their parents had because of their achievement. When the children started the project never in their wildest dreams had they any idea that Harry would be presenting the award.”

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8 comments

  • Theres some lovely pictures of prince Harry being down to earth and enjoying himself at the suffolk show, in todays daily mail.

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    2plus2equals5

    Friday, May 30, 2014

  • You're welcome your highness, come back whenever you like (after all it is a part of your realm!) From your humble serf, IpswichResident

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    IpswichResident

    Friday, May 30, 2014

  • A wonderful Suffolk Show and all some people can do is post bitchy comments against the monarchy who have done nothing to harm them. Well done to all the organisers of this year's show.

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    Ipsman

    Friday, May 30, 2014

  • Well said jungle boy. And the media is so sycophantic...I try to avoid the Monarchy Channel aka BBC1 and sometimes wonder if presenters have to swear allegiance to the crown in order to get employed. Channel 4 news is far less biased and provides much better balance and analysis.

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    Deep Throat

    Friday, May 30, 2014

  • Perhaps you should be also giving your heartfelt thanks to all the taxpayers, who keep you, and your unelected family, in the lap of luxury, to live a life of Riley

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    jungle boy

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • Yes Brian - they'll probably take out the mention of Suffolk and simply leave in the word 'Norfolk'!

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    Stu

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • His speech will be heavily edited on Look East tonight! That is assuming the Suffolk Show will even get a mention!

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    Brian Ball

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • Didn't notice any drooling, undignified or otherwise, in the above report, beerlover, just a report on a speech given at the Show.

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    G Rumpy

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

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