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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge embark on a royal train tour of Britain


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will meet the Queen for a heartwarming family engagement at the end of a nationwide & # 39; Christmas Express & # 39; tour on the Royal Train starting today.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will also attend the event on Tuesday, offering a token of unity by senior royal family members for people and organizations across the country that have gone "far beyond" in response to the coronavirus pandemic are .

William and Kate left Euston Station aboard the Royal Train tonight for the first of the morning to make the first of nine stops on their 48-hour cyclone tour of England, Scotland and Wales.

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 will meet the Queen for a heartwarming family engagement at the end of a nationwide & # 39; Christmas Express & # 39; tour on the Royal Train starting today

William and Kate left Euston Station on board the Royal Train tonight (pictured) to be the first of nine stops in the morning on their 48-hour cyclone tour of England, Scotland and Wales

William and Kate left Euston Station on board the Royal Train tonight (pictured) to be the first of nine stops in the morning on their 48-hour cyclone tour of England, Scotland and Wales

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

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

The trip was 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 victims. Kate wore an Alexander McQueen coat and tartan scarf.

The trip was 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 victims. Kate wore an Alexander McQueen coat and tartan scarf.

Before leaving, the couple took time to meet transport workers at the train station to hear about their experiences of working during the pandemic.

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."

Details of the engagements are kept secret until the couple arrives so as not to encourage the crowd.

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 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

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

Before leaving, the couple took time to meet transport workers at the train station to hear about their experiences of working during the pandemic

Before leaving, the couple took time to meet transport workers at the train station to hear about their experiences of working during the pandemic

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

In 1977, the year of the current Queen's Silver Jubilee, a single set of & # 39; Royal Train & # 39; cars was formed for the first time and has been in service ever since.

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

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.

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

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.

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

And it allows the couple to travel between stops overnight and visit as many cities as possible.

A Kensington Palace said: “The Duke and Duchess look forward to highlighting the incredible work that has been done across the country in this difficult year and, on behalf of the nation, to thank all those who support their locals Churches before the Christmas holidays. & # 39;

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