From the Cameron Balloons Newsletter, Summer 1999

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, accompanied by her husband, His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, have visited the Bristol, UK, headquarters of Cameron Balloons Ltd. They were welcomed by Managing Director Don Cameron.

The Duke of Edinburgh spent some time touring all departments of the Bedminster factory and met many members of staff, who had the opportunity of explaining to His Royal Highness their particular work within the company, which is the world's largest manufacturer of manned balloons.

Present during the royal visit were Brian Jones and Bertrand Piccard, pilots of Breitling Orbiter 3, the first balloon to circumnavigate the world, together with Colin Prescott and Andy Elson, who flew the Cable and Wireless balloon from Spain before being forced to land in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Japan by bad weather. Both balloons were built by Cameron.

On behalf of the British Balloon and Airship Club, Her Majesty presented Brian Jones and Bertrand Piccard with the Charles Green Salver to mark their historic achievement. Charles Green was the most famous British balloonist of the 19th century, and the silver salver had originally been given to him by a grateful passenger.

The Queen also met Cameron staff who had been involved in the construction of the Breitling balloon. When she spoke with members of the Breitling project support team Her Majesty revealed that she and other members of the Royal Family had watched the progress of the Cameron Roziere balloon on television during its epic flight around the world.

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