David Hempleman Adams & Clive Bailey received an award from HRH Prince Philip at Buckingham Palace. Prince Philip presented two awards to Record Breaker David Hempleman Adams along with balloonist Clive Bailey at Buckingham Palace. Following David Hempleman’s successful record breaking transatlantic solo flight in a small gas balloon last with Clive Bailey as his flight Director, they have been presented with two trophies by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace.
Clive and David met and had a chat with Ken Livingston in Starbucks before going to the Palace. Clive Bailey said “it was incredible to share memories of the flight with HRH who was so interested in the detail of the whole experience”. Prince Philip presented the Lipton Trophy from the Aero Club (which has only been awarded 4 times since 1908) and the Charles Green Slaver from the British Balloon and Airship Club ( the BBAC) in the Central Room of the palace which has the balcony that overlooks the Courtyard and the mall and very unusually a photographer was present. David is a world class explorer and adventurer who has climbed Everest, walked to the North Pole and South Pole unaided, amongst many other achievements and world records.Clive Bailey of Bailey Balloons has been Flight Director on several of David’s adventures including his historic balloon flight in an open wicker basket to the North Pole in 2000.Clive Bailey has accompanied David to see Prince Philip twice before and so they enjoyed their half hour seeing him again for this private audience and had a interesting talk about what happened during the flight.