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The Royal Caravan

The Royal Caravan

fully roadworthy and functional, apart from the hotplate.

Presented by The Caravan Club to Prince Charles and Princess Anne as children in 1955, the Royal Caravan is fully roadworthy and functional, apart from the hotplate. The ash frame is clad in aluminium, insulated and lined.

The Caravan was built using traditional construction techniques by Rollalong Limited of Ringwood, a well-known caravan manufacturer during the 1950s and now operating as a leading provider of modular buildings and portable cabins.

It was originally presented with a set of Beatrix Potter books and a copy of Captain Marryatt’s ‘Children of the New Forest’, autographed by all who had worked on the caravan. The Duke of Edinburgh, patron of The Caravan Club, is said to have towed the caravan with a Hillman Husky shortly after presentation.

The caravan was refurbished at the time of The Club’s 75th anniversary in 1982 and re-presented to Princess Anne. In the run up to The Caravan Club’s centenary in 2007 the Royal Caravan was completely restored by Rollalong who originally built the caravan.

Quick Facts

  • Maker Rollalong Ltd
  • Date made 1955
  • Weight 1/2 tonne
  • Made of ash, aluminium, textile, plastic, and glass
  • Dimensions Length 2.7m, Height 1.8m, Width 1.27m 

Facts

  • Before arriving at Beaulieu the caravan made an appearance at a Royal Garden Party hosted by the Duke of Edinburgh in celebration of The Caravan Club’s Centenary.
  • The Royal Caravan is displayed by kind permission of HRH The Princess Royal.
  • Annette Knappett (ICT, Coordinator/PA to Financial Director) chose the Royal Caravan as her favourite object in the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu. Annette has been a member of staff at Beaulieu since 2000. Watch the video in the gallery to see Annette talk about why she chose it as her favourite museum object.

Gallery

Royal Caravan in The National Motor Museum 2007
Royal Caravan interior
The Royal Caravan

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