Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 8°C

Search

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.

shares

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.”

See our gallery of photos here

shares

8 comments

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

    Report this comment

    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

    Report this comment

    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.

    Report this comment

    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.

    Report this comment

    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

    Report this comment

    jungle boy

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

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

    Report this comment

    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!

    Report this comment

    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.

    Report this comment

    G Rumpy

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

The Iron Throne featured in the Game of Thrones series, which is coming to Ipswich this month

Pretenders to the Iron Throne will have the opportunity to stake their claim as ruler of Westeros this month as the iconic seat used in the hit TV show Game of Thrones will be coming exclusively to Ipswich.

Drink-drivers in court

An Ipswich drink-driver who carried out an ‘idiotic doughnut’ while police officers watched has been banned from the road.

The CCTV image issued by Suffolk police after a woman was assaulted in the Cornill area of Ipswich

Police have issued CCTV images of a man they would like to speak to after a woman was assaulted in the Cornhill.

John McGreal, the new manager of Colchester United

John McGreal has been appointed the new first team coach of Colchester United.

Andrew Harston (ABP - Short Sea Ports Director) is pictured in Ipswich with a sneak preview of their pigs tail for Pigs Gone Wild.

Ipswich Blue will be taking in the nautical views of Ipswich when the Pigs Gone Wild sculptures take over the town this summer.

What has Suffolk been talking about on Twitter? Photo: PA Wire/Press Association Images

Take a look back at some of the Suffolk tweets which received the most attention on Twitter last week.

Michael Leaberry

Police in Wales have launched an appeal to find a man wanted in connection with child sex offences, who is known to have links in Ipswich, Suffolk and Essex.

Woodbridge Thoroughfare

A fashion retailer looks set to open a new store in the heart of a Suffolk market town.

Sunset over Drinkstone - Pamela Bidwell

The sun going down over Suffolk is always a bewitching scene, with shadows cast over some of our most iconic landmarks and a warm glow burning behind.

Sports editor Mark Heath getting some wrestling and grappling lessons from wrestling and MMA coach Graham Yates.

Picture: ANTONY KELLY

I’m not sure if it’s called a ‘calf-slicer’ or a ‘calf-crusher’, writes Mark Heath. But I know this – it bloody hurts.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24