The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge boarded the Royal Train on Sunday and will make stops in towns and cities in England, Scotland and Wales

By Erin Hill
December 07, 2020 11:08 AM
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Their palace on wheels is comprised of nine separate carriages, which Queen Victoria had originally decorated in 23-carat gold paint with silks and satin to resemble Buckingham Palace. It has since been updated with a more modest design.

The couple will sleep in separate beds on the train as their suite has “his and hers” single beds. It also has a private bathtub and a 12-seat dining room — complete with a Formica table.

There is a room onboard for the royals to work in and a kitchen, where staff will prepare meals.

Kate Middleton and Prince William on the second day of their Royal Train tour.
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Inside the Royal Train
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Inside the Royal Train
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The nine burgundy carriages currently in use date back to Queen Elizabeth’s Silver Jubilee in 1977. Those carriages replaced others that had been in use since 1941.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge boarded the Royal Train on Sunday and will make stops in towns and cities in England, Scotland and Wales to hear peoples' inspirational stories, first-hand experiences and sacrifices amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Inside the Royal Train
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The Royal Train
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The trip marks the first time Kate has been aboard the Royal Train. William has made several trips in the past. Meghan Markle memorably traveled with the Queen on the Royal Train during their joint outing in June 2018. Meghan’s husband Prince Harry has never ridden on the train.

William and Kate will meet frontline workers, volunteers, care home staff, teachers, schoolchildren and young people and pay tribute to people who have gone “above and beyond,” a royal source says.

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Kate Middleton waves to wellwishers in Berwick
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The couple’s first stop on Monday morning was Edinburgh, Scotland, where they were greeted by the sounds of bagpipes.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge headed to Newbridge ambulance response station to talk with first responders about the strains of working through the pandemic and how they and their colleagues coped with the ongoing mental health challenges that came with the crisis.