Royal Visit 2012

Bailey of Bristol meet The Queen

On Thursday 22nd November 2012, Her Majesty The Queen accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh visited us here at Bailey of Bristol to mark our 65th Anniversary.

Her Majesty went on a guided tour of our manufacturing plant and met many of our employees from different departments of the company.

She travelled from our head office to the factory in one of our award-winning Approach SE 760 motorhomes and viewed a recently built Unicorn Cadiz caravan on the production line.

You can follow the days events on our timeline below

 

 

The Royal Party arrives at South Liberty Lane

Local schoolchildren were ready to welcome Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.

The Royal Party arrives at South Liberty Lane

Meeting with Bailey and caravan industry representatives

Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness met with the following:

  • Patrick Howard and Stephen Howard - Bailey of Bristol Co-Owners since 1977
  • Nick Howard - Managing Director
  • Simon Howard - Marketing Director
  • Rachel May - Marketing Manager
  • Darren Chapple - Customer Services Manager
  • Grenville Chamberlain - Chairman of the Caravan Club
  • John Lally - Director General of the National Caravan Council
The Royal Party meet senior staff from Bailey of Bristol, the Caravan Club and the National Caravan Council

Company Presentation

There was a presentation on the growth of the company since it began in 1948, including an introduction to our patented Alu-Tech bodyshell technology, our expansion into the motorhome market and exports in Australia and New Zealand.

There was a presentation on the growth of the company since it began in 1948, including an introduction to our patented Alu-Tech bodyshell technology, our expansion into the motorhome market and exports in Australia and New Zealand.

The journey to the factory

The Royal Party travelled to our manufacturing plant in an Approach SE 760 motorhome driven by Team Leader Paul Royall

The Royal Party travel to the factory in an Approach SE 760 

motorhome driven by Paul Royall

Assembly line tour

Guests were given a guided tour of the assembly line where the production of a Bailey Unicorn was taking place

A guided tour of the assembly line

Meeting the Production Team

Her Majesty and His Royal Highness met with the following members of the Production team:

  • John Tanner - Commercial Director
  • Tony Clarke - Production Manager
  • Craig Dudbridge - Team Leader
  • Andy Rowles - Production Director
  • Russell Bray - Engineering Manager
  • Jason Southway - Team Leader
The Queen meets with members of the Production team

The Design Office

Her Majesty and His Royal Highness then met with Bailey Design Office Manager, Steve Wills and Dr Jos Darling of the University of Bath who explained our latest design developments

The Queen meets with members of the design team

A Royal Tour of the Unicorn Cadiz

Bailey Sales Director, John Parker then took Her Majesty and His Royal Highness on a tour around a Unicorn Cadiz

The Queen inspects the inside of a Unicorn Cadiz

Commemorating the visit

Managing Director, Nick Howard then gave a speech and Her Majesty The Queen unveiled a plaque to commemorate the visit

The Queen unveils a commemorative plaque

A Royal Send-Off

The Royal Party then departed South Liberty Lane

The Queen and Prince Phillip depart South Liberty Lane

 

 

Royal Visit Gallery

See all the photos from the Royal Visit in our gallery below.

 

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