The Queen Comes to Bristol

Bristol welcomed very special guests this week when Her Royal Highness and the Duke of Edinburgh took a tour of the city.

The Royal Train arrived in Bristol Temple Meads, and in days gone by the Monarch would have been met by a horse drawn carriage which was kept at The Passenger Shed.

As it was, they were driven to the Bailey caravan factory in Ashton Vale where they tested the company's motor homes and admired the local craftsmanship.


Excited schoolchildren were there to cheer at their arrival, while mechanics at the company waved them goodbye.

Worker Craig Dudbridge told the BBC: "She seemed very interested and asked us all lots of questions. I'm still a bit star-struck and up on the ceiling about seeing her in our workplace."

The Queen had specifically asked to see a manufacturing company in Bristol. There was a nervous start to her ride when the motorhome rolled back slightly, but they quickly recovered.

The Queen and Prince Phillip also toured the Bristol Old Vic theatre, before unveiling a plaque to reopen the Royal Box. After watching a rehearsal of Peter Pan they attended a private lunch and reception at the M Shed Museum.

There they met the newly-elected mayor of Bristol, George Ferguson who said: "The visit has showcased the strengths and diversity of our great city, from successful businesses to flourishing culture and strong community organisations.

After the reception it was onto The Gatehouse Centre in Hartcliffe where the Queen watched children singing nursery rhymes and Prince Philip met craft volunteers.

Before leaving Her Majesty was presented with a bouquet of flowers by eight-year-old Alyssa Street.


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