The Earl and Countess of Wessex with The Duke of York announced as Vice Presidents of the Royal Windsor Horse Show

On the 25th April, it has been announced that The Duke of York joined The Earl and Countess of Wessex as new Vice Presidents of the Royal Windsor Horse Show.

Their Royal Highnesses were photographed in the private grounds of Windsor Castle earlier this week as they posed for an official photo to commemorate their new roles, with two of The Queen’s Highland ponies, Lomond and Jubilee, who will take part in RWHS Pageant that will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria.

photo © Steve Parsons/Press Association shared by The Duke of York (@TheDukeOfYork) via Twitter

For the first time in its 76 year history, Royal Windsor Horse Show announced the appointment of three Royal Vice Presidents; HRH The Duke of York and TRHs The Earl and Countess of Wessex who will play a significant part in the event which takes place in the private grounds of Windsor Castle from 8 – 12 May. They join HM The Queen, Patron of the Show, and its President HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

Simon Brooks-Ward, show director, said:

We are thrilled and honoured to announce our three royal vice presidents. Their active interest and participation in Britain’s largest horse show will be appreciated by all on the showground.

RWHS is located in the private grounds of Windsor Castle, the only time of year the grounds are opened up to the public. The annual Show combines the highest level of sporting action with an unforgettable shopping and gastronomic experience, and a host of thrilling live entertainment.

The Countess of Wessex becomes President of The Royal Smithfield Club

On the 29 January, The Countess of Wessex as newly elected President of The Royal Smithfield Club, attended a Conference at The Palace of Westminster in London. Club Chairman William Bedell said: “We are honoured that Her Royal Highness has agreed to be our President and we look forward to working with her in what will be a year of important developments for the Club.”

Photo by The Royal Smithfield Club –  HRH The Countess of Wessex pictured with (L-R) John Dracup Industry Strategy Director Royal Smithfield Club, Andrew Laughton Chief Executive National Beef Association, Prys Morgan Procurement Director Kepak-St Merryn, Tom Kirwan Chief Executive ABP, Robbie Galloway CEO Scotbeef, David Gunner Chief Executive Dovecote Park, Mark Allan Dawn/Dunbia, William Bedell Chairman Royal Smithfield Club

In her first engagement as President of The Royal Smithfield Club, The Countess attended a red meat industry supply chain forum in London, hosted by Baroness Byford and organised by the Club. The Forum, held to discuss key industry issues and how to address them, was attended by more than 70 representatives of the livestock and red meat sectors.

Photo by The Royal Smithfield Club

The Royal Smithfield Club was instituted as the Smithfield Cattle & Sheep Society in 1798 and founded as the Smithfield Club in 1802. Granted Royal Status in 1960, its Patron is Her Majesty The Queen. The Club promotes knowledge and education to advance best practice in the meat and livestock industry. To learn more about this event please click here & here.

Outfit & jewellery:
Black blazer.
Emilia Wickstead dress.
Club’s badge.
Black boots.