It hasn’t even been a month since her show-stopping wedding, but Meghan Markle is in for a big week! She and her grandmother-in-law Queen Elizabeth opened the Mersey Gateway Bridge in Cheshire, England, opened the Storyhouse Theater in Chester, England, and attended a lunch at the Chester Town Hall on Thursday, June 14. The royal outing is a fairly big deal for Meghan as this is her first royal engagement without Prince Harry by her side.
The two also boarded the 150-year-old Royal Train for an overnight trip, something the Queen frequently does on her long-distance trips but the new royal may not be so used to it. And as the Royal Train is the only private, non-commercial train service catering to one family still operating in the UK, it’s quite a prestigious invite.
The Queen and Meghan exiting the Royal Train on June 14.
The Royal Train was made back in 1842 for Queen Victoria, the first monarch to travel by train. Since then, all of Britain’s kings and queens have ridden on the train and only a select few senior members, including Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. In fact, it’s so exclusive that Prince William has only used the train once for his birthday tour in 2003 and Prince Harry and Kate Middleton have never been on.
While it was used a lot for the Queen’s silver jubilee celebrations and used to be quite a glamorous ride for the British royal family in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, these days the decor is a lot more simple and modern. In fact, there was much criticism in 2016 as taxpayers were forking up $1,200,000 to keep the train going. Times have certainly changed since Queen Victoria’s day!
The Royal Train’s interior, photographed in 1977.
The last time we saw the Queen and Meghan together was at the Trooping the Colour celebrations late last week. And while it seems like Her Majesty has a bit of a soft spot for the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan did look a little nervous at the event, as anyone would be. Hopefully their Royal Train ride helped them bond even more!
This post was written by Alex Lilly. It originally appeared on our sister site, Now to Love.
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