CHATSWORTH: Duke of Devonshire’s invitation to new prince

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The Duke of Devonshire has said that he is sure that the new baby prince will visit Chatsworth, where his father once worked.

He was speaking at a ceremony to mark the 40th anniversary of the Chatsworth farm, which was opened by his mother in 1973.

Dowager Duchess's 'Model Farm' at Chatsworth celebrates 40 years.Ellis Bilbie and Emma Hicks on the play tractor.

Dowager Duchess's 'Model Farm' at Chatsworth celebrates 40 years.Ellis Bilbie and Emma Hicks on the play tractor.

When asked whether Prince George might visit one day, the duke said: “His father worked for two weeks here a few years ago. I am sure he will bring him up and show him where he used to work.”

The farm, which attracts between 180,000 and 200,000 visitors a year, was launched by the Dowager Duchess in 1973 to teach children about food, animals and agriculture.

Farmyard Manager Margaret Norris said: “Before 1973, the farm was a derelict building yard. The Dowager Duchess had the vision to turn it into a farming and forestry exhibition, known as the model farm.

The Dowager Duchess oversaw the plans for a model farm, which borrowed cattle and sheep for the summer season from farms on the Chatsworth Estate. She also set up a demonstration milking parlour where cows are milked at an angle, allowing the public to view the process.

“At the time, there was a lot of interest from schools in the area wanting to know how animals were farmed. They were asking to go and visit the working farms on the estate, but health and safety made that difficult,” said Margaret Norris.

The farm now has an adventure playground and a mixture of pigs, sheep, cows, chickens, shire horses, goats, donkeys and a guinea pig “village”.