Meghan Markle is set to receive a special honour from the Queen later this month, when she travels with Her Majesty on a royal visit to Cheshire: the pair will travel overnight from London to Runcorn station on the royal train.
Use of the train is usually restricted to the most senior members of the royal family, including the Queen herself, Prince Philip, Prince Charles and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall. While William and Harry might have travelled on the train, the Metro reports, they have never been invited to board at the same time as their grandmother, and neither has William’s wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, making this a major honour for the new Duchess of Sussex.
In her first public engagement with the Queen, Meghan is set to open the Mersey Gateway Bridge and visit the Storyhouse theatre and library in Chester. Before this, though, we’ll see her and her new husband on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the annual Trooping the Colour parade, when the extended royal family gathers to watch a special flypast from the RAF, marking the Queen’s official birthday.
The train in question consists of nine ‘saloon’ coaches, though it’s very rare for all of them to be used at once; instead, Royal Central reports, the typical configuration is seven coaches. The Queen’s personal saloon features a bedroom, bathroom (fitted with a full bath, no less) and sitting room, reportedly decorated in a minimal fashion with a pastel colour scheme, the walls scattered with some landscape paintings and prints of royal trains from times past. Prince Phillip, meanwhile, has a fully functioning electric kitchen installed in his carriage. Does this mean that Meghan’s carriage will have a Pinterest-friendly makeover in time for her overnight trip, complete with houseplants and Diptyque candles? Sadly, the answer is probably not, but we (and Meghan) can dream…
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