A new president has been elected ahead of this year’s Royal Cornwall Show.

Sir Nicholas Bacon OBE succeeds the outgoing president, Lady St Levan.

Despite not being a Cornish native he is intrinsically linked to the county through the Duchy of Cornwall and his role as Lord Warden of the Stannaries.

The role was created in 1337 and the holder exercised judicial and military functions in Cornwall. Even today, he is still the official who, upon the commission of the monarch or Duke of Cornwall, has the function of calling a Stannary Parliament of tinners.

He said he was ‘deeply delighted’ at his appointment which was announced at the recent AGM of the Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association.

He follows in the footsteps of The Marques of Lothian and The Earl Peel, both former Lord Wardens of the Stannaries, who fulfilled the role of Royal Cornwall president in 1982 and 2006 respectively.

The show is on June 7, 8 and 9.