When it comes to Meghan Markle’s new royal roster of events, busy doesn’t quite cut it. Just weeks after saying “I do” to Prince Harry, the former actress is set to embark on a little journey with the Queen on June 14, which will see her hopping aboard the Royal Train for the 165-mile journey – something that even the Duke and Duchess of Cambridgeand Prince Harry don’t seem to have done.
The two royals, who made their first appearance together on Commonwealth Day in May, will take a day-long visit to Cheshire, England, where they’ll open the Mersey Gateway Bridge and then the Storyhouse Theatre before heading to a lunch at Chester Town Hall. The pair are set to arrive at Runcorn Station after enjoying the scenic journey by train, according to Country Living UK.
What makes this day extra special, however, is the fact that the 36-year-old newlywed will not be accompanied by her husband, Harry. On top of that, the train is typically only available to older royals like Her Majesty, Prince Philip, the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles, who uses it the most according to People. The fact that Meghan will be joining her grandmother-in-law for this journey – when her husband, brother- and sister-in-law haven’t even had the chance – is extraordinary.
Equally as impressive as the stunning landscape of Cheshire is the interior of the Royal Train, which is steeped in history. Often referred to as “Buckingham Palace on wheels,” the locomotive boasts nine carriages and was first used back in 1840, when Queen Consort Adelaide rode from Nottingham to Leeds, according to CNBC. Two years later, Queen Victoria was the first monarch to hop the train from London to Windsor. On top of multiple bedrooms and bathrooms, the locomotive features a “super-luxe” smoking room and a dining room that seats a whopping 12 people, Marie Claire reports. The Queen, of course, has her own personal saloon, which looked quite a bit different back in way back when...
The interior of the train has undergone some serious transformations! In the late 1800s, the saloon featured cream cushioned ceilings, floor-to-ceiling navy drapes and luxe furniture. Now, the carriage has been toned down quite a bit as the Queen has opted to outfit it more simply with grey carpeting, matching sofa and drapes and simple wooden tables.
Though Queen Elizabeth doesn’t use the train all that frequently, as it’s typically reserved for longer trips with other members of the family, this is a rare excursion that’s bound to go down in history – and may even change the course of royal protocol in the future. Prince Harry may get a ride one day, after all!