HRH The Countess of Wessex is to visit this year’s Royal Welsh Winter Fair.

She will visit on the first day of the event, Monday November 26. This will be the second visit to the Royal Welsh Showground for the Countess, but her first to the Royal Welsh Winter Fair.

William Hanks, Honorary Winter Fair Director said: “Her Royal Highness has a keen interest in agriculture and is the current Patron of the Association of Show and Agricultural Organisations (ASAO).

"With her knowledge of the industry and interest in agricultural shows, we are very much looking forward to welcoming the Countess to one of Europe’s finest prime stock shows.”

Whilst at the fair, the Countess will get the opportunity to visit all areas of the event including the new start-up farmers market, the Winter Fair Taste Test competitions, the homecrafts and horticulture displays and the livestock, the event’s star attraction.

The Royal Welsh Winter Fair will be held on 26 and 27 November at the Royal Welsh Showground in Llanelwedd, Builth Wells. Along with the usual packed schedule of competitions, classes, exhibitions and displays, the two-day event will be packed full of festivities including free late night shopping and a spectacular firework display on the Monday evening.

First staged in 1990 and originally a modest one-day event, the Royal Welsh Winter Fair is now widely referred to as the finest prime stock show in Europe and has become well established as one of the most popular attractions on the British agricultural show calendar. Leading stockmen from all over the UK will compete for the top accolades in the classes and competitions.