All About the Royal Train That Meghan Markle and Queen Elizabeth Are Sleeping Aboard Tonight

All aboard!

On Wednesday, Meghan Markle becomes the first of the younger generation of royals to score a ride on the royal train for an official outing with Queen Elizabeth.

The train has been called an exclusive “palace on wheels,” but when Meghan, 36, steps aboard tonight for her journey to Cheshire alongside the Queen, she will find it very different from the castles and palaces she has already experienced in her short time as a royal.

Although it doesn’t have quite the same degree of luxury, the train is preferred by the Queen, 92, and other senior royals because it is a home-away-from-home — complete with an office, sleeping quarters and dining areas.

The nine burgundy carriages currently in use date from the Queen’s Silver Jubilee of 1977. Those carriages replaced others that first came into service in 1941.

The carriages provide accommodation for the royal household staff, railway staff and police personal protection officers. There is space for communication equipment and its own electric supply, author Brian Hoey writes in At Home With the Queen.

The Queen’s saloon is a 75-ft. long carriage divided into a formal entrance hall, a sitting room, bedroom and bathroom with a full-sized bath. Adjoining her area are bathroom facilities for the Queen’s dresser and a second lobby.

The personal area is decorated in pastel shades with a pale blue sofa. When Prince Philip, 97, traveled with his wife before retiring from public duties, he also had a large private quarters, including a 10-seat table for him to hold meetings.

The train ride — which departs tonight from London — will give Elizabeth and the new Duchess of Sussex ample bonding time.

“The train seems to be the one place where, when away from home, the Queen and her family can truly relax out of …read more

Source:: – Royal News

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