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Kate Middleton and Prince William embark on a three-day train journey to the UK


Furious Tories struck back today at Nicola Sturgeon's "Swipe" against Prince William and Kate Middleton on their whistle-stop tour to Scotland.

The Scottish guide announced at a daily meeting today that the country's government had reminded the palace of the strict Covid restrictions north of the border prior to the couple's morale tour.

But while one Tory MP today described the memory as "unsubtle" and "rude" and another called it "petty", a Scottish scientist called on police to investigate the visit and asked questions about whether he was against it Had violated the country's travel ban.

Crossing the Scottish border became illegal from late November and anyone entering or leaving Scotland without a reasonable excuse can be fined £ 60. Travel across the border is permitted for work purposes. Royal sources say the trip was allowed under the exemption for work purposes.

The royals arrived in Edinburgh this morning to hear the bagpipe sounds of Christmas carols before meeting up with workers at a Scottish ambulance turnstile.

The couple attempt to cheer the workers on their 48-hour train tour before the Christmas break.

But the First Minister did not send the couple a welcome message during their daily meeting today – despite being asked about the trip.

Instead, Ms. Sturgeon said: “The Scottish Government has been informed of the intention to visit and we have ensured that, as would be expected, the Royal Household was aware of the restrictions in place in Scotland to both make the decision and make the decision meet planning the visit. & # 39;

"Further questions on this should be directed to the royal household," she added.

The Scottish Government said Ms. Sturgeon made no attempt to stop the royals from going to Scotland, adding just repeated the instructions on the spot. A spokesman later said: "The First Minister applauds the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's support for the Scottish NHS."

Today a Tory MP struck in the earlier "blow" against the royal couple. The MP told MailOnline: 'This man is the future King of Scotland.

“It's very insubstantial and I think it'll hit her back because there are a lot of loyal Scots out there who would be pretty appalled that she'd act so rude. She should know better. & # 39;

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge received a festive cheer on their royal train journey across the country when they met enthusiastic youth at the First School of Holy Trinity Church, England, in Berwick-upon-Tweed

The Scottish guide (pictured today) said she reminded the palace of the country's strict Covid restrictions on the country north of the border prior to their morale tour

The Scottish guide (pictured today) said she reminded the palace of the country's strict Covid restrictions on the country north of the border prior to their morale tour

The couple attempt to cheer the workers on their 48-hour train tour before the Christmas break

The couple attempt to cheer the workers on their 48-hour train tour before the Christmas break

Royal Whistle Stop Tour

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge embark on a royal train on a 48-hour festive morale tour of the country.

However, details of the engagements were kept secret until the couple's arrival so as not to encourage the crowd.

They have done so far:

Sunday, 11 p.m .: Depart from Euston Railway Station, London

Monday, 9.39 a.m .: Arrive at Edinburgh Waverley Station

9.50 a.m .: Visit to the Scottish Ambulance Service in Newbridge

12.15 p.m .: Visit students at Holy Trinity First School in Berwick-upon-Tweed

Mrs Sturgeon's answer has also been criticized by Conservative MPs in Scotland.

Tory MSP Murdo Fraser told the Herald: “It seems very petty to criticize the royal family for wanting to thank the Scottish NHS staff for their heroic efforts.

“ Given that the First Minister had previously visited NHS staff, presumably after traveling from home to work, it seems a bit strange that she did not support this trip and made it clear that she did the Rules.

"Instead of thanking William and Kate for the work they are doing to improve morale during these troubled times, the First Secretary seems afraid of angering Republicans in her party, so she has reached out to them instead. "

Others, however, expressed concern about the trip, which Royal sources said the rules were being followed.

Dr. Katrian Farrell, hemotologist at the NHS Forth Valley, tweeted, “I absolutely don't understand why the #RoyalTrainTour is allowed in Edinburgh. Edinburgh is in tier 3. No unnecessary travel in or out of the region.

"Would you like to comment @scotgov or @policescotland?"

Another Chair in Global Public Health at the University of Edinburgh Medical School, Professor Devi Sridhar, added, “I love it here, but there are some things I will never understand about Britain. Aren't we all in a pandemic and living under travel restrictions? & # 39;

Meanwhile, social media users have defended Kate and William's trip and attacked Ms. Sturgeon for her comments.

One person on Twitter said: “She (Ms. Sturgeon) has never heard clearly about the importance of the feel-good factor!

Kate and William show a real understanding of the needs of the British public.

"Maybe Nicola Sturgeon doesn't want to be British, but she has people to be responsible for who may appreciate a good job!"

Another said: "The nerve of this woman trying to keep the future king and queen from visiting Scotland to thank important workers."

The Earl and Countess of Strathearn, as they are called during official engagements in Scotland, arrived at Edinburgh Waverley after spending the night on the Royal Train.

Among the participants waiting to greet them was the Lord Provost of Edinburgh's official whistler, Louise Marshall, who guided the royal couple through the hall and played a mixture of Christmas hits on the pipes.

The royal couple's first engagement for the Whistle Stop tour of Great Britain was to employ staff in one of the nerve centers of the Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) in Newbridge near Edinburgh.

William, dressed in a dark blue coat and tartan scarf, and Kate, wearing a blue Catherine Walker coat and bag by Scottish designer Strathberry, thanked the staff for their incredible efforts in handling their demanding jobs, while many of the personal covid Tragedies were affected.

They chatted with staff and heard in-depth reports on how many of them were personally affected during the crisis while continuing to provide vital primary insurance coverage across the country.

During their visit, it was announced that the royal couple will become joint sponsors of NHS Charities Together, the charity that has worked tirelessly to provide essential PPE equipment to hospitals and rescue workers.

Scotland receives nearly £ 2,000 per capita more than England in public spending

The latest figures from the Treasury Department for 2019-20 show that Scotland continues to benefit from far more public spending than England

The latest figures from the Treasury Department for 2019-20 show that Scotland continues to benefit from far more public spending than England

Scotland receives nearly £ 2,000 per capita more than England in public spending, despite Nicola Sturgeon complaining of a lack of cash.

The SNP Chair has regularly used the amount of Treasury Fund funding as part of her effort to partition the UK.

She recently caused particular anger when she launched the coronavirus criticism – despite the additional £ 9.2 billion already allocated to the Scottish government to deal with the pandemic.

However, the latest figures show that Scotland continues to benefit from far more government spending than England.

Identifiable expenses were £ 11,566 per person in 2019-20, down from £ 11,247 the previous year. In contrast, spending south of the border was £ 9,604 per capita, after increasing from £ 9,296 in 2018-19.

Northern Ireland received the highest per capita total at £ 11,987. Wales also received proportionally more than England at £ 10,929.

The UK average was £ 9,895 per capita last year.

The spending gap with England – which was believed to have grown from just £ 1,000 when the Scottish Parliament opened in 1999 – has sparked Tory's calls for a reform of the Barnett formula, which the UK government uses to find out How much money should be given to the government of other home countries based on funding in England.

However, others have suggested that the cash premium is the "price of keeping the union up."

According to data released this summer, Scotland had revenues of £ 65 billion to £ 66 billion in 2019/20 – the equivalent of £ 11,940 to £ 12,060 per person.

Scotland accounted for 9.2 percent of UK public spending, around 8 percent of UK revenue and 8.2 percent of the UK population last year.

Ms. Sturgeon's drive to break up the UK was reinforced last week by a poll that suggests support for Scottish independence stands at 56 percent.

Amid growing concern among trade unionists, the latest research also found that the SNP was on track to an overwhelming victory in the Holyrood elections in May.

Strong support for Ms. Sturgeon's separatist cause in Ipsos' MORI poll – just below the record of 58 percent in October – is putting pressure on Boris Johnson.

The Prime Minister rejected the First Minister's call for a referendum as early as next year after both sides accepted that the 2014 competition would solve the problem for a “generation”.

However, she has vowed to stand on a Holyrood manifesto to hold a vote and threatened to take the dispute to the Supreme Court.

SNP politicians have been pleased that resistance to the calls will only fuel support for a split north of the border.

The ambulance service was funded by NHS Charities Together, a group of 240 NHS charities that were given out for indoor and outdoor staff wellbeing, wellness packs with information brochures and reusable water bottles.

Prince William spoke at length with some paramedics about how the additional stresses from the Covid threat had affected their mental wellbeing.

He and Kate also heard from medic Alistair Matson, 54, who had to deal with his father becoming ill and later dying in the hospital during the pandemic. Mr. Matson said: “It was very emotional talking to the prince about the loss of my father.

“He was very excited to hear how we managed to cope with the mental stresses of our work.

“The great sense of camaraderie in my work helped me a lot. There was never a rush to come back and they were like another family to me.

"It was really encouraging to see the royal couple here today acknowledge what we are doing and their thanks means a lot to us."

His colleague John Kane, 59, told the royal couple how he was in a coma at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh for three weeks after contracting the virus.

“I had to be put on a ventilator and placed in an induced coma for three weeks.

& # 39; It was a terrible time and recovery was slow, but SAS helped out here too. The prince was particularly interested in how we manage the psychological wellbeing of our own employees. & # 39;

During their visit, it was also revealed that the couple had sent a special bouquet of flowers to the family of a seasoned paramedic who died last month after reporting back in April four years after retiring.

Falkirk's Rod Moore died aged 63 after contracting coronavirus. His funeral was to take place during the royal visit.

A SAS spokesman said: “I know Rod's family valued the flowers that were sent on behalf of the royal family. It was a nice gesture. & # 39;

The couple especially thanked the department's cleaning staff and told 65-year-old cleaner Ellen Reeder that she was "one of the most important people in the entire organization, holding everything together."

Then Ms. Reeder, 65, said: “It was a great honor for me to meet you. They kept it a secret until this morning which is just as good or I would have been speechless if I talked to them.

& # 39; That really made my day. In fact, I think it's been here every day to get that appreciation from the royals. I am a huge fan. & # 39;

At lunchtime there was a funny twist at Holy Trinity First School in Berwick-upon-Tweed, where as a reward for the kids, Kensington Palace arranged for Rent a Reindeer to bring three animals – Chaz, Crackers and their six-month-old Calf Echols – to school.

Kate and William also thanked the teachers for their efforts to support learning over the past few months.

Local saxophone group The Earl Gray Saxes played Christmas music, including Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, as the school's 175 students waved and sang as the royal couple arrived.

Some wore antlers on their heads, others wore Christmas hats for the visit.

William and Kate were cleaning their hands when they entered the school grounds, a short drive from Berwick Train Station.

After the visit, Headmaster Nicholas Shaw said, “It was amazing and the kids loved it.

“We are honored to have been selected and appreciate that they take the time to reflect on teachers and work in schools.

& # 39; It was a challenge during the lockdown, lots of new skills were learned. We were consistently open to the children of key workers and vulnerable children. & # 39;

Rent a reindeer owner George Richardson brought Chaz, Crackers and Echols over to visit and told William and Kate how they look after them and how the coronavirus has affected his business.

Mr. Richardson, who is a resident of Cold Hesledon, County Durham, said the palace's booking was "top secret".

He said, “We got a call out of the blue two weeks ago. They asked us to bring a reindeer for the royal visit and we were happy to do so.

“We brought these three as a group, even though Chaz is not the father … he's the uncle. Mom and baby go with him and they are a nice group.

"This was Baby's first outing and she accepted it."

William and Kate's third stop was the Batley Community Center in West Yorkshire.

The Duchess had swapped her blue coat from Catherine Walker for a dark blue one, while upon arrival William swapped his tartan scarf for an olive green one.

The couple met with volunteers from the center who helped senior community members through the pandemic by mailing cards, making regular phone calls, and dropping off purchases, grocery bags and activity packs.

William and Kate also met Len Gardner, a local resident the Duchess spoke to on the phone after secretly volunteering through the NHS Volunteer Responder's check-in and chat program.

William and Kate left Euston Station aboard the Royal Train last night to visit the first of nine stops on their 48-hour cyclone tour of England, Scotland and Wales.

Before leaving London, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, both 38, wrote a personal thank you message for the transport workers on a notice board on the London Underground.

The message read: “Thank you to all the transport workers everywhere who have kept the country moving during this difficult year. I wish you all a Merry Christmas! Catherine. Wilhelm & # 39;

It was a royal awakening like no other, and there was even a special performance by 80s pop star Shakin & # 39; Stevens performing his perennial festive favorite "Merry Christmas Everyone" for transport workers at the train station.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met Len Gardner at the Batley Community Center in West Yorkshire

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met Len Gardner at the Batley Community Center in West Yorkshire

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William and Kate's third stop was the Batley Community Center in West Yorkshire. The Duchess had swapped her blue coat from Catherine Walker for a dark blue one, while upon arrival William swapped his tartan scarf for an olive green one

William and Kate's third stop was the Batley Community Center in West Yorkshire. The Duchess had swapped her blue coat from Catherine Walker for a dark blue one, while upon arrival William swapped his tartan scarf for an olive green one

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge surprised elementary school children with a Christmas present from a reindeer visit

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge surprised elementary school children with a Christmas present from a reindeer visit

During their first visit to their Royal Train Tour of the country, it was announced that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are joint sponsors of NHS charities

During their first visit to their Royal Train Tour of the country, it was announced that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are joint sponsors of NHS charities

After traveling overnight from London Euston, the Duke was the first to get out of the Royal Claret-colored car, followed by Kate in a Liberty-print face with a matching blue coat

Kensington Palace has this picture of the couple on their Instagram account with the hashtag & # 39; Royal Train Tour & # 39; posted.

Kensington Palace has this picture of the couple on their Instagram account with the hashtag & # 39; Royal Train Tour & # 39; posted.

Scotland's travel ban: Scots crossing the border will be fined £ 60

Is it forbidden for everyone to leave or enter Scotland?

Yes, with a small number of exceptions.

Nicola Sturgeon's legislation requires that a person residing in Scotland be banned from entering England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

The First Minister also made it illegal for people living in these countries to enter Scotland.

Anyone who breaks the rules will be fined £ 60, she says.

There are a few exceptions, including leaving Scotland to take a driving test, feed an animal, donate blood, or for work, educational or health reasons.

Did the police put up road blocks?

No roadblocks will be put in place and police say they will not patrol the border looking for anyone who is breaking the law.

Instead, if they encounter transgressors in the "service" they will enforce the new law.

Scottish Deputy Police Chief Alan Speirs says they want people to "do the right thing".

The Duke and Duchess received a rock & # 39; n & # 39; roll farewell Sunday when Shakin & # 39; Stevens serenaded them before boarding the royal train.

Known for a number of hits in the 1980s, the singer sang his festive single Merry Christmas Everyone for the couple and a group of transport workers.

The title topped the charts for Christmas 1985 and was picked by William and Kate as the song they wanted to hear.

The Duchess, wearing an Alexander McQueen coat and tartan scarf, tapped her foot and swayed to the music as she waved to passengers from a balcony.

Stevens, 72, said he was "overjoyed" to play for the Duke and Duchess, revealing that it was the first time in his long career that he had played for kings.

"I love it, it was nice to be invited," he said. “And they chose the song. Over the moon. & # 39;

Stevens said the Cambridges were "sure to be fans" of his festive hit, adding, "You picked it!"

Before boarding the royal train, the couple took time to meet transport workers at the station and learn about their experiences of working during the pandemic.

William told Orson Parris, a network traffic manager for Transport for London, "Cross your fingers, things will be back to normal in 2021."

And the Duke said to Alero Abbey, TfL Area Manager for Green Park and Euston, “It's moments like these when people really appreciate what you do every day. Suddenly we all know what you are doing and that you are doing a really good job. & # 39;

Network Rail staff changed the departure boards for the occasion, moving Wolverhampton to Warmerhampton, Coventry to Coventry Carol and Northampton to Northpolehamton.

William and Kate wanted to personally thank Transport for London, Network Rail and Railway Companies for everything they did to keep the capital running during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The trip has been organized so that the couple can thank frontline workers, volunteers, nursing home staff, teachers, school children and young people and hear about their experiences and sacrifices, as well as the inspiring work they have done in this life changing year.

A source said, "Your Royal Highnesses would like to convey the sincere thanks and gratitude of the nation for all of your efforts to keep the security of the people and the country going."

The trip is believed to be Kate's first official trip on the royal train, despite having been a member of the monarchy for nearly a decade, while the Duke used it several times.

Details of the engagements were kept secret until the couple's arrival so as not to encourage the crowd.

The Nicola Sturgeon Pandemic: From gazumping ministers to first announce lockdown measures and quarantine English visitors in Scotland to using Westminster cash to boost their popularity and fight for independence

Nicola Sturgeon consistently outmaneuvered Boris Johnson's government during the coronavirus pandemic.

She previously used the lunchtime gig to regularly watch Mr Johnson and his ministers as they make announcements about decisions across the UK in the evening.

These included announcements to expand the lockdown and, later, measures to allow multiple household members to meet indoors when the lockdown is eased.

She had already used an appearance in April to explain that the lock would remain in effect for "at least" another three weeks – hours before a Cobra crunch meeting, at which the official decision was to be made.

Scotland – along with Wales – has already announced quarantine implementations against other nations before Westminster can announce them – although the chief physicians of all four nations meet to decide on action plans.

According to surveys, she is credited with many positive actions actually planned and funded in Westminster.

Research by YouGov in August found that the SNP chairwoman and her ministers were widely praised for job and corporate support packages – although most of these were provided by the Treasury. In the poll for The Times, 49 percent of Scots said the government north of the border had done well in protecting jobs. 29 percent said they did badly.

Half were positive about the executive's work to protect the economy, compared with 31 percent who had a negative opinion.

Although Ms. Sturgeon's administration has the power to vary business tax and personal income tax, important decisions regarding VAT, social security and tax breaks are still reserved for Westminster.

The results were released after YouGov found support for independence in Scotland was growing. With the exception of “Don't know”, 53 percent north of the border supported separation from Britain, compared with 47 percent who wanted to keep the union. This was a two point increase from January and the highest the company has ever seen.

However, your SNP administration was seriously criticized.

She faced widespread anger over the nation's exam fiasco – though it was later overshadowed by a similar breakdown in England.

Her government has also been accused of hypocrisy after refusing to fire Education Secretary John Swinney while calling for Gavin Williamson's boss.

In April she was embarrassed when Scotland's chief medical officer resigned after violating her own lockdown rules.

Dr. Catherine Calderwood drove to a second home twice, despite the crucial guidelines. Ms. Sturgeon said she "tried to make the best judgments" after initially trying to find Dr. Keeping Calderwood on track before she finally admitted she had to go.

In May, Ms. Sturgeon angrily denied allegations of a cover-up after an investigation linked a group of coronavirus cases to a Nike conference in February.

A BBC Scotland Disclosure investigation found that more than 70 Nike employees from around the world attended a conference held at the Hilton Carlton Hotel in Edinburgh on February 26-27.

It is assumed that a visiting attendee passed the virus on. Research found that at least 25 people had Covid-19 related to the event, including eight in Scotland.

However, the case was not disclosed and Scotland's first official case was announced on March 1, independent of the conference. The Prime Minister blamed patient confidentiality concerns for preventing details of the event from being made public earlier.

And in June she was hit by a nursing home crisis after official figures showed more people had died in the facilities than in the hospital. Nearly 1,000 elderly patients were discharged from hospital to nursing homes without being tested at the start of the outbreak.

Statistics from the National Records of Scotland (NRS) showed that Covid-19 was mentioned on death certificates of 1,818 nursing home victims, more than 1,815 in hospitals.

The couple took off their masks as they left Berwick-upon-Tweed station

The couple took off their masks as they left Berwick-upon-Tweed station

Her Royal Highnesses travel on the Royal Train (pictured) between Sunday and Tuesday, stopping in England, Scotland and Wales as directed by the government

Her Royal Highnesses travel on the Royal Train (pictured) between Sunday and Tuesday, stopping in England, Scotland and Wales as directed by the government

But a series of “fun” surprises were organized at each of the couple's stops to celebrate the community spirit and demonstrate the impact of public generosity this year by showcasing organizations and initiatives sponsored by community relief funds, including NHS Charities , were supported together.

The couple also plan to introduce the UK arts, culture and live performance sectors that have been decimated by Covid and the resulting lockdowns.

Over the three days there will be a series of festive performances by local artists and visits to highlight the work of the government's £ 1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund.

The mini-tour concludes with William and Kate meeting the Queen, Charles and Camilla for a rare photo call together. Retired Prince Philip, 99, will not be in attendance.

One of the highlights of the trip will be the couple's arrival at each stop on the Queen's signature burgundy Royal Train.

A source said, "Your Royal Highnesses would like to convey the sincere thanks and gratitude of the nation for all of your efforts to keep the security of the people and the country going."

A source said, "Your Royal Highnesses would like to convey the sincere thanks and gratitude of the nation for all of your efforts to keep the security of the people and the country going."

The couple were serenaded by 80s pop star Shakin & # 39; Stevens, 72, as they boarded the royal train with a very festive farewell for their first UK tour. The singer said he was "overjoyed" when he made a royal appearance for the first time

The couple were serenaded by 80s pop star Shakin & # 39; Stevens, 72, as they boarded the royal train with a very festive farewell for their first UK tour. The singer said he was "overjoyed" when he made a royal appearance for the first time

The Duke and Duchess greet Shakin & # 39; Stevens as he sings Merry Christmas to everyone

Stevens, 72, said he was "overjoyed" to play for the Duke and Duchess, revealing that it was the first time in his long career that he had played for kings

Stevens, 72, said he was "overjoyed" to play for the Duke and Duchess, revealing that it was the first time in his long career that he had played for kings

Network Rail staff changed the departure boards for the occasion, moving Wolverhampton to Warmerhampton, Coventry to Coventry Carol and Northampton to Northpolehamton

Network Rail staff changed the departure boards for the occasion, moving Wolverhampton to Warmerhampton, Coventry to Coventry Carol and Northampton to Northpolehamton

Permission to travel by train with nine carriages has to be given personally by the Queen, and she is said to lag far behind the “wonderful” idea of ​​her grandson and daughter-in-law

Permission to travel by train with nine carriages has to be given personally by the Queen, and she is said to lag far behind the “wonderful” idea of ​​her grandson and daughter-in-law

One of the highlights of the trip will be the couple's arrival at each stop on the Queen's signature burgundy Royal Train

One of the highlights of the trip will be the couple's arrival at each stop on the Queen's signature burgundy Royal Train

Everything on board the Kate and Wills Express! What it's like to travel on the "Palace on Wheels" with sole fillets and crème caramel – and VERY fast drivers

Meile für Meile ist es das teuerste Transportmittel der Royals. Berichten vom September zufolge wurden 2019-20 nur drei Fahrten unternommen. Königin Elizabeth ist 1964 an Bord des Zuges abgebildet, Prinz Edward auf ihrem Schoß und Prinz Andrew gegenüber

Meile für Meile ist es das teuerste Transportmittel der Royals. Berichten vom September zufolge wurden 2019-20 nur drei Fahrten unternommen. Königin Elizabeth ist 1964 an Bord des Zuges abgebildet, Prinz Edward auf ihrem Schoß und Prinz Andrew gegenüber

Von Emily Andrews Royal Editor für die Mail am Sonntag

Das Reisen mit dem Royal Train gilt als bedeutende Ehre der Königin.

Die Erlaubnis, mit dem Zug mit neun Wagen zu fahren, muss von der Königin erteilt werden. Sie ist die Hauptpassagierin des Zuges und nutzt ihn, um über Nacht zu Engagements im Norden Englands, Schottlands oder Wales zu reisen.

Die Idee stammt aus dem Jahr 1842. Prinz Albert überredete eine 23-jährige Königin Victoria, als erste Royal mit der Bahn zu reisen, als sie einen Zug von Slough, dem nächstgelegenen Bahnhof zu Windsor Castle, nach London Paddington nahm.

Victoria sah es als ihre Pflicht an, das Land zu bereisen, und so wurde ein königlicher Zug so gestaltet, dass er wie ein Palast auf Rädern aussah. Die Wagen waren mit 23 Karat Goldfarbe verziert und mit Seide und Satin geschmückt.

In den 1890er Jahren kamen elektrisches Licht hinzu sowie eine Bordtoilette, die Victoria nicht benutzen wollte. Sie zog es vor, den Zug alle paar Stunden für Badezimmerpausen anzuhalten.

Im Jahr 1977, dem Jahr des Silberjubiläums der Königin, wurde zum ersten Mal ein einziger Satz Royal Train-Wagen gebildet, der seitdem in Betrieb ist und die 1941 von George VI. Verwendeten Fahrzeuge ersetzt.

Die Lokomotiven transportieren Fracht, wenn sie nicht im königlichen Dienst sind. William und Kate werden während ihrer zwei Nächte an Bord in Einzelbetten schlafen und in einem 12-Sitzer-Abendessen mit Formica-Tisch speisen – weit entfernt von der Größe der viktorianischen Ära.

In der Vergangenheit umfasste das Royal Train-Menü gekühlte Minzerbsensuppe, Seezungenfilets und Crème Caramel.

Es gibt keine Duschen in der Suite, nur ein Bad mit einer Markierungslinie, um zu verhindern, dass es überfüllt wird. Zu den Mitarbeitern gehören ein Steward und Lakaien, während Kates Friseur auf dieser Reise ebenfalls mitreisen wird.

Wenn die Wagen wie fast das ganze Jahr außer Betrieb sind, wird der Zug aus Sicherheitsgründen auf einem Abstellgleis an einem geheimen Ort aufbewahrt.

Meile für Meile ist es das teuerste Transportmittel der Royals. Berichten vom September zufolge wurden 2019-20 nur drei Fahrten unternommen.

Zwei davon waren für Prinz Charles bestimmt, der eine Rechnung über 20.822 Pfund für eine Rückreise von Kemble in der Nähe seines Hauses in Gloucestershire nach Carlisle ausgestellt hatte. Zu der Zeit sagte ein Palastassistent, der Zug biete einen effektiven und effizienten Transport und reduziere die Sicherheitskosten.

Es wurde einmal vermutet, dass Charles die damalige Lady Diana Spencer an Bord für einen nächtlichen Tryst auf Abstellgleisen in Wiltshire abgesondert hatte. Die Geschichte war falsch und Diana sagte: "Ich war noch nie in der Nähe des Zuges, geschweige denn mitten in der Nacht!"

Der prestigeträchtigste Job bei den britischen Eisenbahnen ist der des Royal Driver. Zu ihren Aufgaben gehört es, die Zugtür perfekt im Einklang mit dem roten Teppich auf dem Bahnsteig anzuhalten. Die Fahrer sind auch stolz darauf, innerhalb von 15 Sekunden nach der angegebenen Ankunftszeit an ein beliebiges Ziel zu gelangen.

Als Ihre Majestät Meghan Markle weniger als einen Monat nach ihrer Heirat mit Prinz Harry zu einer Nachtreise einlud, war dies eine Möglichkeit, sie öffentlich in der königlichen Familie willkommen zu heißen.

Während der Zug hauptsächlich als Fortbewegungsmittel genutzt wird, gibt es auch Raum, um die Arbeit nachzuholen, wie Königin Elizabeth oben während einer Reise im Jahr 2002 demonstriert

Während der Zug hauptsächlich als Fortbewegungsmittel genutzt wird, gibt es auch Raum, um die Arbeit nachzuholen, wie Königin Elizabeth oben während einer Reise im Jahr 2002 demonstriert

Doodle Boy: Schüler, dessen Langeweile im Klassenzimmer einen internationalen Buchhandel auslöste

Joe Whale, besser bekannt als Doodle Boy, schuf dieses Kunstwerk für die Reise nach Cambridge

Joe Whale, besser bekannt als Doodle Boy, schuf dieses Kunstwerk für die Reise nach Cambridge

Kate and William&#39;s trip has been immortalised in a stylised drawing by schoolboy artist Joe Whale, better known as the Doodle Boy, who has found worldwide fame with his creative efforts.

The youngster, who was approached by the Cambridges&#39; office to create the artwork, launched a YouTube channel during the coronavirus pandemic to teach others how to doodle.

The 11-year-old was sent to an after-school art class after he got told off for doodling when he was bored during lessons. But his teacher put his work on Instagram where he has since amassed more than 108,000 followers.

Last year, a local restaurant hired him to create a mural on the wall of their dining room.

In June, a US publisher asked him to illustrate a series of children&#39;s books with the first being published next year.

Over the next few days, William and Kate, will travel 1,250 miles and undertake working visits meeting NHS staff, volunteers, care home staff, teachers, schoolchildren and young people to hear about their experiences, sacrifices and the work they have done throughout this challenging year.

The couple will also share the nation's sincere thanks and gratitude for all of their efforts to protect the people and keep the country going.

Before their trip, 10-year-old British artist Joe Whale – known as The Doodle Boy – created an illustration to bring the trip to life.

Much of the commitments the Cambridges are making will celebrate the community spirit and demonstrate the power of public generosity this year by showcasing organizations and initiatives supported by community relief funds, including NHS Charities Together.

Her Royal Highnesses visits will also introduce the UK arts, culture and live performance sectors, which have been supported by the government's £ 1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund throughout the pandemic.

During the three days there will be a series of festive performances by local artists celebrating the inspiring work of the organizations and projects the Duke and Duchess visit.

Queen Victoria was the first reigning British ruler to use the Royal Train in June 1842.

The journey led from Slough (then the closest train station to Windsor Castle) to London Paddington.

In the year of the Queen's Silver Jubilee, a single set of & # 39; Royal Train & # 39; cars was formed for the first time and has been in service since then.

The locomotives that power the train can reach speeds of up to 200 km / h, but are limited to 100 km / h in royal service.

The Royal Train was only used five times in 2018 and cost an average of £ 22,000 a time.

The Queen, 94, used it only twice in 2018 to Chester with Meghan Markle, 39, for £ 29,714 and again in March 2019 when she visited the west of England and returned to Windsor, which cost the public sector £ 21,230.

Prince Charles, 72, the only other high-ranking king to have been allowed to use the Royal Train so far, made three trips on it.

A Kensington Palace spokesperson said: “The Duke and Duchess look forward to highlighting the incredible work that has been done across the country in this difficult year and to thanking them on behalf of the nation for all who do them support their local communities before the Christmas holidays. & # 39;

Royal guests have to be content with small single beds. There are no showers - instead, there are dated '70s-style bathrooms with a marker line to keep them from overcrowding

Royal guests have to be content with small single beds. There are no showers – instead, there are dated '70s-style bathrooms with a marker line to keep them from overcrowding

Although the train looks great from the outside, its carriage is far more Spartan than anyone can imagine

Although the train looks great from the outside, its carriage is far more Spartan than anyone can imagine

There is, however, a 12 steamer supper car with a Formica table

There is, however, a 12 steamer supper car with a Formica table

Before their trip, 10-year-old British artist Joe Whale - known as The Doodle Boy - created an illustration to bring the trip to life

Before their trip, 10-year-old British artist Joe Whale – known as The Doodle Boy – created an illustration to bring the trip to life

Queen Victoria was the first reigning British ruler to use the Royal Train in June 1842. The journey led from Slough - at that time the closest train station to Windsor Castle - to London, Paddington

Queen Victoria was the first reigning British ruler to use the Royal Train in June 1842. The journey led from Slough – at that time the closest train station to Windsor Castle – to London, Paddington

The Queen, 94, used the Royal Train just twice in 2018, once to Chester with Meghan Markle, 39, in June (pictured) costing £29,714

The Queen, 94, used the Royal Train just twice in 2018, once to Chester with Meghan Markle, 39, in June (pictured) costing £29,714

Prince William and his father Prince Charles arriving at Bangor Station on the Royal Train in 2003 for a visit to Wales in the run-up to his 21st birthday

Prince William and his father Prince Charles arriving at Bangor Station on the Royal Train in 2003 for a visit to Wales in the run-up to his 21st birthday

This year the Queen and Prince Philip, who traditionally spend the festive season with close family at Sandringham in Norfolk, will spend Christmas &#39;quietly&#39; at Windsor Castle.

It is understood they will not form a &#39;bubble&#39; with any other family members.

It means the couple face spending Christmas Day without any of their four children for the first time since 1949, when the then Princess Elizabeth left a one-year-old Charles in the UK so she could be with Prince Philip in Malta.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are likely to spend Christmas either at Anmer Hall, in Norfolk, or at the Middleton family home in Berkshire.

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall will spend Christmas at Highgrove, in Gloucestershire, although they expect to see the Queen and Prince Philip at Windsor at some point over the festive season. Camilla will also spend time with her family.

Prince Edward, the Countess of Wessex and their children live at Bagshot Park, Surrey, while Princess Anne and her family live at Gatcombe Park, in Gloucestershire. Prince Andrew is the only one of the Queen&#39;s four children who lives in Windsor.

The Queen won&#39;t attend a church service on Christmas Day in order to prevent crowds gathering but is expected to worship privately in Windsor Castle&#39;s private chapel.

How often is it used, who by and what for? Q&A on the Royal Train

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge take the Royal Train on a festive, morale-boosting tour of the country.

– The royals have their own train?

Ja. The current royal train entered service in 1977 to mark the Queen's Silver Jubilee, but the royal family has had its own train since Queen Victoria's reign.

– How does it look like?

The paint job is a flawless, highly polished burgundy called Royal Claret, adorned with royal coats of arms, with a black carriage lining and a gray roof.

It has nine cars – but not all of them are always used.

– Is the inside very luxurious?

Surprisingly not. The royal train is more functional than palatial and its decor is outdated.

Royal Aides once described it as having bathroom faucets that could be found in Homebase or B&Q, and the decor as "very G-Plan" which was popular in the 1960s and 70s.

In 2002, Buckingham Palace officials gave journalists a rare glimpse to destroy the perception that it was as wasteful as the Orient Express.

– Who is using it?

Usually just the eldest kings – the Queen, the pre-retirement Duke of Edinburgh, and the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall.

– Anyone else?

The corgis accompanied the Queen – and also the Queen Mother – on board on trips to Sandringham or Balmoral.

There is also room for royal aides and servants.

– What is it used for?

For official engagements and for long trips to Great Britain such as Scotland or Norfolk, especially when the Queen's children were small.

It allows the royals to travel overnight and arrive rested for a full day of engagements.

The monarch toured the UK on her Golden Jubilee train in 2002.

– Does the queen have her own car?

Ja. It is a private 75 foot air conditioned and electrically heated saloon car that contains a bedroom with a single bed, living room, desk for traveling, dining areas, and a bathroom with a large bathtub.

– What about the other cars?

The Duke of Edinburgh has a saloon car of a similar design, but with a kitchen, green curtains, matching chair cushions and a brown carpet.

Scottish landscapes and Victorian prints of previous train journeys hang in both salons.

– And the Prince of Wales?

Heir to the throne Charles has his own living room with a bedroom, bathroom and study with a small desk and a blue and white sofa with a floral pattern that matches the curtain fabric.

Other cars include dining cars, an all-purpose executive salon with sleeping area, a junior sleeping car with bunk beds, and a car for escorts and maintenance workers.

– – What about food?

A royal chef usually gets on the train with the menus carefully planned.

– How often is the Royal Train used?

It depends on the royal diary.

Only three trips – two by the Prince of Wales and one by the Queen – were made on the Royal Train in the 2019/2020 financial year, but the total cost was more than £ 63,000.

– How much?

The taxpayer-borne costs have long been controversial and the train was almost scrapped in 2013 amid fears that the rolling stock would need to be replaced.

During the Golden Jubilee year of 2002, train journeys cost £ 872,000.

The service contract amounts to an additional GBP 300,000 per year and is maintained by the German company DB Cargo UK.

– How much does it cost per mile?

It depends on the journey. In 2017 a trip by Charles from London to Cwmbran cost £ 18,317 per mile according to calculations by the PA news agency.

A standard train ticket for the same journey at the same time costs just £ 1.30 per mile.

– Can't the royal family take a normal train?

You do it sometimes. The Queen normally travels to Sandringham for her winter break in First Class.

– Why is there still a Royal Train?

Royal Aides believe it is the best option for safety, efficiency and minimal disruption to others.

The queen likes it too. It is their preferred mode of transport because of its privacy and convenience, and eliminates the need for an exceptionally early start.

It often runs overnight so as not to slow down other trains, and there is no need to arrange accommodation for the royals, and unlike helicopters, it can run in bad weather.

– Is this William and Kate's first time on the royal train?

Yes for Kate, but not for William. It will be the first time that they are on the train together.

As a child, William traveled to Balmoral with it, and on the day of the funeral of his mother Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997, William, Charles, Prince Harry and the Spencer family made the trip from London to Princess Althorp's ancestral home by Royal Train for her funeral .

In 2003, William traveled overnight on the train to Bangor with his father for a day of engagements in North Wales before his 21st birthday.

– Who else used it?

The Duchess of Sussex accompanied the Queen on the royal train to Cheshire in 2018, her first joint royal engagement to the monarch.

– Can I take the royal train?

No, it's only for royals.

Dignitaries are allowed to use it sometimes. Cherie Blair hosted a train ride for the women of the leaders of the G8 group in 1998.

– What about the engine?

The royal train is pulled by one of two Class 67 locomotives – 67005 – The Queen & # 39; s Messenger and 67006 – Royal Sovereign, both in royal red wine livery.

They are operated with environmentally friendly biofuel made from waste vegetable oil.

During the 2012 celebrations, a third class 67 – 67026 – Diamond Jubilee – with silver paint, a union flag and a Diamond Jubilee logo was used.

– So it's not pulled by a steam engine?

Only now and then on special occasions.

– Weren't there any engines named Prince William and Prince Henry?

Prince William and Prince Henry – named after William and his brother Harry – were two Royal Class 47 locomotives that used to pull the Royal Train but retired in 2004.

– When was the first royal train introduced?

A carriage was built for the royal family in 1840, in which the widow queen Adelaide, the widow of Wilhelm IV, was the first to ride.

– What about Queen Victoria?

The Victorians believed that riding on express trains could drive you crazy.

But Queen Victoria was eventually persuaded to take the train in 1842. She took the royal train from Slough to Paddington for a 25-minute ride with Isambard Kingdom Brunel, who designed the Great Western Railway, on the footplate.

– Has it been switched to rail travel?

Ja. The 23-year-old wrote in her diary that the trip was “wonderful and so fast”.

By 1869 she had commissioned a number of private cars, decorated with luxurious blue silk and 23 carat gold like a palace on wheels.

– Were there any controversial trips?

In 2000, a royal bodyguard released his gun on the train while the queen was sleeping. The bullet hole can still be seen on a table in the staff dining car.

A 1980 cover story alleged that a young Lady Diana Spencer was sneaked onto the royal train at night to be with Charles three months before her engagement.

Charles, Diana, and their mother always insisted the story was wrong.

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