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Friday, 7 June, 2002, 12:57 GMT 13:57 UK
Queen cheered at farming show
The Queen meets farmers
The Queen handed out awards to farming employees
The Queen has visited the South of England Show as part of her Golden Jubilee tour.

Accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, she made her entrance to the main arena at the show in Ardingly, West Sussex, in a horse-drawn landau flanked by members of the King's Troop.

Waving from beneath a clear umbrella, she was greeted with enthusiastic cheers and clapping from the crowd as the carriage made a circuit of the arena in the light drizzle.

She then met dignitaries before handing out long service awards to farming employees from across the South East.

Horse display

Charles Ward, 67, from Albury Park, Guildford, Surrey, who has spent 51 years as a forestry worker, recieved an award.

After meeting the Queen for the first time, he said: "She asked me how I was getting on and everything. She was quite nice. I have never spoken to her before. It was very good."

The Queen
The Queen arrived in a horse-drawn landau

The Queen and Prince Philip later watched a display of Hackney horses.

The horses can trace their ancestry back to the imported Arabian stallions of the 18th Century and many of their riders wore period costumes.

The Queen was also presented with a posy of cream and yellow roses and lilies by seven-year-old Kirsty Cuff.

Kirsty, dressed all in pink complete with bright pink Wellington boots, said she had been practising her curtsies four times a day for the past few weeks.

Nervous mum

Her mother Wiz Cuff, 37, from Ardingly, who is livestock and education officer for the South of England Agricultural Society, said afterwards: "It is the first time I have met her.

"I was nervous - nervous for Kirsty and just making sure she did not fall over in the mud."

The annual event at Ardingly is a showcase for British agriculture.

The Queen, who is patron of the South of England Agricultural Society, last visited the three-day show in 1984.

This year it celebrates the return of livestock with cattle and pig classes following the cancellation of last year's show due to foot-and-mouth restrictions.


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