On balance, one thinks one may stick with Daimler! Queen of the road goes glamping in a luxury motorhome Queen and Philip took a spin in 45,395 Approach SE 760 motorhome, nicknamed Mavis
Six-berth van boasts gas hob, oven, microwave, fridge-freezer, toilet, shower and central heatingOwner of factory said Royals were 'impressed' van was so well equipped
19:19 GMT, 22 November 2012
The Queen and Prince Philip today completed one of their final official Diamond Jubilee visits – with a spin in a motor home at a Bristol caravan factory.
The royal couple – the Queen wearing a splendid pink wool coat and matching hat – were ferried in a top of
the range Approach SE 760 model at the Bailey of Bristol plant in
Ashton Vale, Bristol.
It is believed to be the first time the Queen has been in a moving motorhome.
The white van with silver and blue detailing, affectionately dubbed Mavis by the company, is the firm’s show vehicle.
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Going glamping, Your Majesty The Queen steps out of a motorhome during a visit to Bailey Caravans in Bristol this morning
if she used the chemical loo The Queen enjoys what Buckingham Palace
have said is likely to be her first ever ride in a motorhome
The monarch, who smiled as she settled into her seat facing the Duke, next to the motorhome’s dinette, described the van as a 'real home from home'.
They journeyed just 200 metres in the pristine six-berth from the plant’s reception to the factory warehouses.
The motorhome, which has enough beds for a family of six, also has a fully functioning kitchen including a gas hob, oven, microwave and fridge freezer, and a toilet, a shower, central heating and CD player with an MP3 connection.
Nick Howard, Bailey of Bristol’s managing director who accompanied the Queen and the Duke on their brief motorhome experience, said: “They were impressed with it and how it was fully equipped.
What a trip! The Queen can be seen enjoying the ride in the company's show motorhome, affectionately named Mavis
Next family holiday The Royals were reportedly very impressed with the motorhome – although the Duke of Edinburgh offered the manufacturers some advice on design, saying he had designed his own horse boxes
Impressed: The Queen looked delighted to be shown around the motorhome
One's most excited! The Queen's trip in the motorhome was a first for the monarch, who had never set foot inside one before
'The Queen said it was a “real home from home” in terms of its feel.'
He added: 'The Duke has some advice for us on layout. He said he made a bed arrangement for one of his horseboxes.
'He said the beds should be longitudinal rather than across the motorhome for ease of access.'
Buckingham Palace said they believed the Queen had not travelled in a motorhome before.
The Approach SE 760 model, which costs
around 45,395, is described by one reviewer as having a 'palatial'
U-shaped living area at the back which is 'great for feet up relaxing
and for looking out, watching the world going by'.
All mod cons: The Queen was heard to remark that the motorhome was very well equipped
Not her natural habitat! The Queen is more used to lavish State rooms and private jets – but nonetheless entered into the motorhome trip with gusto
Royal approval: Prince Philip also took a look around the camper van and was understood to have given a suggestion on layout
Factory girl: The Queen was shown around the plant by staff members
'Home from home': But does Buckingham Palace look anything like the interior of the top of the range Approach SE 760
on: The Queen is attending a number of appointments in the city today,
including a tour of successful motor manufacturers
As well as a double bed above the driving seats, there are also further two beds.
The interior is decorated with pale 'walnut' wood veneer and neutral coloured Vivaldi seat covers with purple flecks.
Simon Howard, marketing director at the firm, said: 'It’s palatial but perhaps not as palatial as they are used to.'
Practical Motorhome Magazine named the model as the Best Family Motorhome 2012 in their annual awards.
The Queen, who was dressed in a pink
double-breasted Stewart Parvin coat and Rachel Trevor-Morgan hat, and
the Duke were visiting the factory to mark the 65th anniversary of the
first Bailey caravan.
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The Queen wore a spectacular cerise coat and hat
– cutting a swathe through the gloomy November day as they stepped off
the Royal train for their visit to the Bailey caravan factory in Ashton
Their aptly named motorhome driver for the day was Paul Royall, who test-drives the motorhomes and takes them to shows.
Mr Royall, 35, from Horfield, revealed afterwards that he had a small mishap as he started the van.
'The motorhome was in gear and it rolled back a little bit. I think it
looked more scary from the outside than the inside,' he said.
He added: 'I wasn't as nervous as I
thought I would be. I'm the only person in the world to have driven the
Queen in a motorhome.'
Inside the factory, the Queen and Philip were shown how the caravans and motorhomes are constructed.
Russell Bray, senior production manager, said the monarch described the motorhome she travelled in as 'really nice':
'She was intrigued how we put all the furniture in first and how the last thing we do is box it up,' Mr Bray said afterwards.
'I asked her if she enjoyed her trip in the motorhome and she said 'Yes, very much'. She said it was 'really nice'.'
The Queen and the Duke were also
shown inside a four berth Unicorn Cadiz caravan, which costs 20,000 and
is the company's best selling model.
John Parker, sales director, who took them inside joked how he had been hoping to sell one to the royal party.
'She didn't have her credit card and I
know the Queen doesn't carry cash. My only regret is that we didn't get
an order but who knows They might be back.
Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh arrive at Bristol Temple Meads railway
station for one of the final public engagements to celebrate her Jubilee
'The Queen was interested in the decor. She liked that.'
Philip has been patron of the Caravan Club for 60 years since taking on the role in 1952. He has been inside numerous caravans over the years.
The Princess Royal actually owns a small caravan. The roadworthy van – a third of the size of a regular one – was made especially for Anne and her brother the Prince of Wales as children and given to them in 1955.
As youngsters, they would play in the towable caravan, which has its own working sink, cupboards, electricity and two facing seats and an unconnected hob.
It lives in the Mews at Windsor and still technically belongs to the Princess Royal, but is used by the children of the Guards Officers at Windsor.
Workers at the factory gave the Queen a round of applause to mark her Diamond Jubilee as she unveiled a plaque.
Darren Phillips, 42, who chatted to the Duke said: 'He said the vans were very nicely built.'
As Philip was leaving, he remarked on assembly worker Stephen Brock's abundance of gold neck chains.
Mr Brock said afterwards: 'He said 'Don't you believe in banks' I just laughed and said 'I love my gold'.'
Bailey employs over 300 people on its 14.5 acre site and manufactures more than 7,000 leisure vehicles a year and has an annual turnover of 90 million.