Queen and Prince Philip visit Bristol caravan firm
- 22 November 2012
- From the section Bristol
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have visited a caravan manufacturer in Bristol as part of a tour of the city.
The monarch and Prince Philip arrived at Bristol Temple Meads in the royal train before being driven to the Bailey caravan factory in Ashton Vale.
During the visit they were driven a short distance in one of the company's motorhomes.
The Queen told driver Paul Royall how luxurious she thought the interior looked.
Mr Royall said the prince was particularly interested in how the beds folded down as it was different to bunks on naval ships.
During the tour the Queen spoke to worker Craig Dudbridge who said he had been so excited about the visit that he had hardly slept.
"She seemed very interested and asked us all lots of questions," he said.
"I'm still a bit star-struck and up on the ceiling about seeing her in our workplace."
Later the couple toured the recently-refurbished Bristol Old Vic theatre and watched a rehearsal of Peter Pan.
Afterwards the Queen unveiled a plaque to reopen the Royal Box.
The Queen and Prince Philip then attended a private lunch and reception at the M Shed museum on the Harbourside attended by a cross-section of Bristol businesses, community groups and cultural organisations.
There the couple met the newly-elected mayor of Bristol, George Ferguson.
"The visit has showcased the strengths and diversity of our great city, from successful businesses to flourishing culture and strong community organisations," Mr Ferguson said.
After the reception the Queen and Duke went to The Gatehouse Centre in Hartcliffe.
While the Queen watched children from the centre's nursery singing nursery rhymes, Prince Philip met volunteers taking part in craft activities.
Before leaving, Her Majesty was presented with a bouquet of flowers by eight-year-old Alyssa Street, from Hartcliffe.