Sabé, the Queen's handmaiden, was originally not the only decoy in EPISODE I. The Queen's ship, according to the EPISODE I Insider's Guide, was also used as a decoy. Check out this passage from there:
In the revised third draft, the Queen's starship actually lands directly in one of the Royal Palace's courtyards. It is surrounded by battle droids and a tank. However, when droids led by a droid commando named 044 search the starship, they find nothing. Evidently, the Queen and her entourage abandoned the starship near Otoh Gunga, then programmed the autopilot to fly to the Royal Palace. Later, Nute reveals that the Trade Federation forces have located the "life pods" used by the Queen and her followers.
This is interesting stuff. Perhaps some of you might remember an Internet rumor from long before the film was released which I'll dub the "Marie Celeste" rumor. According to some sources on various websites, the Queen's Nubian chrome ship was to be called the MARIE CELESTE. Someone had actually researched this and found out that the Marie Celeste (AKA Mary Celeste) was actually an old sailing vessel whose crew had mysteriously disappeared in 1872 without a trace, leaving no indication as to why they left the ship. For more information on that sea story, Check out this page: http://www.fortogden.com/maryceleste.html
We know that in the film the ship is never referred to by name, just make and model. There is evidence, however, in the shooting script that the ship was at one point referred to as the Marie Celeste. The scene described in the Insider's Guide above is also in the shooting script and not only is Nute present in the scene but Darth Maul as well. It is listed as:
Scene 141 EXT - Naboo Palace - Courtyard Plaza - Day
There is a good chance that this scene was shot being that it is in the shooting schedule but I don't know for sure. Still, the whole Marie Celeste idea was pretty cool. I wish they had left that in. The pictures below are shots that I believe belong to this particular scene. Notice the other Neimoidians too. We didn't really see much of them in the film. These are taken from the EPISODE I Insider's Guide CD-ROM.