News reached us here at www.allenscaravans.co.uk recently that Prince Charles was given the royal tour of Ballater Caravan Park in Aberdeenshire. The Prince of Wales (Duke of Rothesay to the scots) spent a few hours on the site speaking to management and residence. The site, originally the property of the local authority was taken over by a charitable organisation of whom were overseeing a number of improvements.
Sporting a traditional kilt and sporran Charles meandered his way around the site listening to the stories of the locals and meeting 100 year old Alexander Alexander (yes that is his actual name, cool right!?) "I've seen so many changes since helping clear the site in the 50's. It was just me and my boss at the time, and then before you know it, it's expanding. It's so great for the village" Alexander said.
The visit was a solo affair for the prince; as the Duchess of Cornwall (Camilla) was not in attendance due to the fact she lost her brother a week before. Though tragic, the loss didn't dampen Charles's spirit. Caravan owners Norma Burnett, 70, and husband Bob, 72, who regularly visit from Peterculter near Aberdeen opened their static doors to the Prince. Mrs Burnett said "He was very friendly and took an interest in the place. It was nice to have him visit." Mr Burnett joked "The caravan's never been so clean."
The visit to the caravan site would've made for an interesting change of pace for the prince, who is more accustom to staying at his large, private residence of Birkhall on the Balmoral Estate. Charles has always been a down to earth character; whether it's nonchalantly talking to local residences or stroking their pets - he's always retained an approachable temperament. Speaking of being down to earth; the prince more than left his mark at the site, planting a tree outside the sites new wooden offices. Click here to view our luxury range of caravan holiday parks today!
With the sun beaming it was the perfect day for a royal visit; everyone was in high spirits and made the most of the prince's presence. Phyllis Stewart, of Springfield Gardens, Aberdeen, welcomed Charles into her caravan for a quick chat, and said "It was lovely to see him and he seemed to enjoy it. And he's picked a lovely day for a tour. If I'd known he was coming, I'd have put the kettle on."
I'm sure this won't be the last time we see royals gallivanting around the caravan sites of Great Britain. Who knows when Prince George grows up he might want to spend a couple of nights in an Allens Caravan - watch this space.