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Princess Anne visits Balmoral Show on opening day

Balmoral Show has been welcoming a royal visitor, with Princess Anne among the thousands enjoying the opening day of the 150-year-old event.

The four-day show outside Lisburn, which is the biggest event on the farming calendar, is celebrating its milestone anniversary.

Showjumping is just one part of what Balmoral Show has to offer. Credit: Presseye

The Balmoral Show started back in 1854, when the North East Agricultural Association of Ireland was formed, and only moved to its current location in 2013.

Organisers say it continues to go from strength to strength and tens of thousands are expected to attend over the four days.

Tens of thousands of people are expected to flock to Balmoral Show. Credit: Presseye

Motorists are advised to leave plenty of time for their journey, given the popularity of the show and the knock-on effect on traffic in the area.

However, once there, visitors can take in a host of exhibitions and displays.

Balmoral Show means a lot of hard work for farmers and exhibitors. Credit: Presseye

Livestock and machinery feature heavily, while many agri-businesses also have the chance to show their wares.

This year, in a first for the show, pupils from Riverside Special School in Antrim were competing as young handlers with the Dexter cattle society.

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UTV's Paul Reilly and Sarah Clarke are at Balmoral Show to bring reports each evening on UTV Live at 6pm.

They will also be bringing a look at all the highlights of the four-day event in a special programme, UTV At The Show, on Tuesday night at 10.45pm.

Balmoral Show runs from Wednesday through to Saturday. Credit: Presseye