Queen Elizabeth II has spent a vast amount of her 65 years serving as monarch travelling. Whether for her duty as Queen or for private excursions, she spends a great deal of time zipping around the UK.
However, there is one method of transport favoured by the Queen for her journeys throughout Blighty that some members of the family may not have the luxury of experiencing.
The royal train first came into service in 1842 when the first-ever carriage built specifically for the royals was developed for Queen Adelaide, wife of King William IV.
Since then, a dedicated train has become “the royals favourite way to travel” according to Channel 5 documentary Secrets of the Royal Train.
Royal travel: Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles are said to favour the royal train
Royal travel: The Royal train was only used three times last year
The train itself is said to be something of an “enigma”, remaining “off-limits” to the press and public.
Alas, while Queen Elizabeth and her husband Prince Phillip may enjoy relaxing onboard the luxury, it seems not everyone is invited.
In fact, it seems despite their services for the Royal Family, even Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge may be yet to enjoy an invite to ride the train.
Royal commentator Emily Andrews explained: “The royal train is actually only for the four most senior members of the Royal Family, so that at the moment in the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles and Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall. “
Royal train expert Phil Marsh adds: “The mystique about the Royal train is the fact that no-one ever really gets near it.”
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Once the monarch passes away, it is likely that Prince William and Kate will then enjoy a bittersweet ride upon the train.
Despite her love of the railway, though, it seems the royal train is out of action more than it is in use these days.
The train cost taxpayers around £63,000 to run last year.
However, according to the royal annual review, the train was used just three times in 2019.
Cost of transporting the Royal Family
An exclusive poll recently ran by Express.co.uk found that more than half of Britons felt it was time for the train to be retired from service.
The poll, which ran on Friday, September 25, saw 53 percent of voters erring in favour of the train being shunted off for good.
Contrastingly, 47 percent felt it was a cheap and efficient way of transporting Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles, and therefore should be maintained.
These days, it seems Prince Charles is the main royal who puts the train to use.
According to a 2008 report “Charles is the most frequent and regular passenger”, meanwhile Camilla “unlike her husband, is not a lover of train travel”.
Much like the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Phillip similarly does not enjoy a ride on the railway.
According to author Robert Hardman, on a 1952 trip with the Queen which was undertaken mostly by train, the Duke described the experience as making him feel like “a poached egg”.