Royal couple enjoy taste of Somerset

PUBLISHED: 09:09 10 June 2014 | UPDATED: 09:13 10 June 2014

Prince Edward and Countess Sophie unveiling a plaque commemorating their visit.

Prince Edward and Countess Sophie unveiling a plaque commemorating their visit.

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A ROYAL couple enjoyed a taste of Somerset yesterday, during a whistle-stop tour which saw them take in a trio of destinations.

The Prince meeting guests.The Prince meeting guests.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex visited Cheddar Gorge, Burnham seafront and Thatcher’s Cider in Sandford.

First up, HRH Prince Edward and Countess Sophie stopped by Myrtle Farm to open a new £3million packaging and warehouse building.

The Jubilee Building has been created over the past 12 months to help the family firm meet demand as a result of its growing national reputation.

The royal visitors then travelled to Burnham to meet life-saving crews who had played a key role protecting people during Somerset flooding earlier this year.

Prince Edward visit to BARB, on the Esplanade, Burnham-on -Sea.Prince Edward visit to BARB, on the Esplanade, Burnham-on -Sea.

Crowds of well-wishers lined the Esplanade as the royals heard about the vital role played by volunteers with the Burnham Area Rescue Boat.

There was still time for an open-top bus tour of one of Somerset’s best-known beauty spots too, as the Count and Countess travelled to Cheddar Gorge.

The couple visited the village’s famous caves too, and greeted dozens of supporters who turned out to offer a warm Somerset welcome.

Mercury photographers were on hand at each location to capture a super series of souvenir images – and you can see a picture special in Thursday’s edition.

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