The Daily Telegraph

Duchess brings heirlooms to BBC’S Antiques Roadshow


FOR decades Antiques Roadshow experts have assessed the value of relics and family heirlooms before delighting or disappoint­ing onlookers.

And now the Duchess of Cornwall will be amongst expectant guests after she revealed she was a fan of the longrunnin­g BBC show.

She yesterday took part in filming at the Eden Project in Cornwall where she was filmed discussing two valuables with Justin Croft, an expert in books and manuscript­s, and Duncan Campbell, a silver specialist.

The Duchess also joined Geoffrey Munn and presenter Fiona Bruce to play “Guess the Mystery Object”.

Bruce later disclosed that the Duchess had been “a good sport” and had chatted to many of the visitors, the crew and specialist­s.

“I would say she had the full roadshow experience – this is the last programme we’re filming this year and what a wonderful way to end with such a special guest.”

It is understood Bruce invited the Duchess to appear on TV after meeting her at an event at Clarence House.

Peter Stewart, chief purpose officer at the Eden Project, said they had been “thrilled” to welcome the Duchess and described it as a “very happy and memorable occasion”.

Robert Murphy, the series editor, said: “In time-honoured fashion, our experts were able to provide some insight into the history of the two fascinatin­g objects the Duchess brought along. Viewers will be able to find out more early next year.”

First broadcast in 1979, the show remains one of the most popular BBC factual production­s.

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