Gina was honoured by a Royal Invitation to attend a reception at Buckingham Palace on 8th December.
The royal reception was held for those involved in exploration and adventure. On Gina’s last visit to Buckingham Palace, when she was awarded the Queen’s Service Order for her community services in New Zealand, Her Majesty told Gina how pleased she was to have been able to honour three generations of the racing Campbell family.
Gina’s grandfather, Sir Malcolm was knighted by King George V in 1931. Her father, Donald Campbell, was made a Commander of The British Empire in January 1957 for his water speed record breaking – in particular for his record at Lake Mead in the USA.
Yesterday’s reception was hosted by Her Majesty The Queen, with Prince Philip, Prince Edward, The Princess Royal and Princess Beatrice in attendance. Guests included Sir David Attenborough, mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington, world record holder Sir Ranulph Fiennes and documentary presenter Michael Palin. Younger explorers attending the Buckingham Palace party included yachtswoman Dame Ellen MacArthur, Chief Scout Bear Grylls and Edward Stafford, European Explorer of the Year 2011.
Other guests included Brian Jones, who co-piloted the first balloon circumnavigation of the globe, Britain’s first astronaut Helen Sharman and Rebecca Stephens, the first British woman to climb Everest.
As part of the reception there was be an exhibition of artefacts from Arctic, Antarctic and Everest campaigns over the past decades.