Naturally, given that she's the actual Queen, HRH Elizabeth II not only owns some pretty incredible homes, but her very own highly decadent train too – and it's thought that one of her trips aboard it, with Meghan Markle, was incredibly significant for The Duchess.
In a new biography, Finding Freedom, all about Meghan and Prince Harry's relationship and their decision to leave their senior royal roles, one chapter describes the first official trip that Meghan took with the Queen (just the two of them, plus staff). It came about only a month or so after her wedding, which is a fairly big deal, according to the book (which, it's worth noting, has not been officially authorised).
During her journey on the aptly named Royal Train, it's believed that Meghan bore witness to a few impressive details too. The book writes: "It was a daunting journey for the new wife, despite the amenities of Her Majesty's personal train, which had private bedrooms (Prince Philip's pillows are plain; the Queen's, with a small royal cipher in one corner, are trimmed with lace); a sitting room with a sofa of hand-stitched velvet cushions, a dining table for six, a desk where the Queen worked on her papers; and secondary air suspension for a smoother than average ride." So far, so magical.
And there's more! The book goes on to add in that the train also contains a fully functioning bathtub, which Her Majesty likes to use at a certain time each morning – and knowing this, the driver of the train will deliberately slow their speed in order for the Queen not to have water sloshing about all over the place while bathing. The true definition of getting the royal treatment, then? "The train conductor drives extra slowly around 7.30am to make sure the water stays in the tub while the Queen has her bath."
In the spirit of discussing the royals and their preferred modes of transport, let's also quickly cast our minds back to the time that Queen Elizabeth hopped onto the tube to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the London Underground. Honestly, could you imagine spotting her on your commute, just casually reading a newspaper and grumbling about the lack of air con? Incredible scenes.
As well as trains, planes and automobiles, The Queen also boasts a very luxurious array of properties, including the Sandringham Estate, that royal fans were recently treated to a glimpse of.
Now, has does one get a ticket to ride this Royal Train then?
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