Her Royal Highness the Queen is 96 today. To celebrate her birthday, we discover 6 reasons the Queen loves her private royal train
Because the royal train is private, the Queen and her family can travel around the UK in total privacy with their assistants and staff on board.
The first royal train (above) made its first appearance back in June 1842 when Queen Victoria stepped on board. The trip was a 30-minute journey from Slough near to Windsor Castle to Paddington Station in London. She wrote in her diary that the trip was ‘delightful and so quick.’ Since then the train has had many reincarnations, the last being in 1977 – the Queen’s Silver Jubilee.
Home from home
The inside of the train is surprisingly modest and unadorned. The no-nonsense Queen is said to like it this way and loves the fact that her corgis can get on board too. But it wasn’t always this way. One of the ornate carriages from Queen Victoria’s reign can now be seen at the National Railway Museum in York.
Fond memories of Philip
The Queen and her late husband the Duke of Edinburgh travelled frequently on the royal train and she has fond memories of their many happy journeys together around the United Kingdom.
And memories of Meghan too..
When Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, lived in the UK, she made a memorable trip with the Queen on the Royal Train to Cheshire. When they arrived, they performed a couple of successful functions together. Sadly, it doesn’t seem like Prince Harry will be travelling on the royal train anytime soon…
The train has beds on board and even a couple of baths which means the Royal family can sleep on the train overnight. This is very handy if they have to attend a function early in the morning.