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A miniature caravan arrives at Buckingham Palace ahead of a special exhibition celebrating royal childhood

Release date: Monday, 21 July 2014

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The Royal Caravan, a child-sized caravan that belonged to a young Prince Charles and Princess Anne, is to go on display in a special exhibition at Buckingham Palace from Saturday, 26 July.  One of the more unusual toys included in Royal Childhood, it arrived on the Palace's Grand Entrance via crane, before installation into the exhibition.

Presented to the royal children by The Caravan Club in 1955, the specially designed Rollalong caravan measures 2.72 metres long, 1.35 metres wide and 1.80 metres tall, and weighs approximately 500kgs.  Fully roadworthy, it came with its own water, gas and electricity supply, kitchen, miniature tea set, and a complete collection of Beatrix Potter books.  The caravan was subsequently fitted with a tow-hitch enabling The Duke of Edinburgh to pull the children around the grounds of Buckingham Palace with an old Hillman Husky.  It was kept in the garden at Buckingham Palace, and was often played with by The Queen's children.

Re-presented to HRH The Princess Royal in 1982, it was completely restored by Rollalong on the occasion of The Caravan Club's centenary in 2007.  The Royal Caravan has made the journey from the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, where it is on temporary display.

Royal Childhood is part of a visit to the Summer Opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace, 26 July – 28 September 2014.