The Queen invites Meghan Markle to do something no other young royal has ever done

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The Queen invites Meghan Markle to do something no other young royal has ever done

The Duchess of Sussex will join Her Majesty in Cheshire next week

The Queen and Prince Philip using the train in 1999 Photo (C) GETTY
The Queen and Prince Philip using the train in 1999 Photo (C) GETTY

The Duchess of Sussex is set to experience another royal ‘first’ when she visits Cheshire next week. Meghan will join the Queen for a day of engagements on Thursday, with the pair travelling up north using the monarch’s personal train that is only reserved for senior royals. Prince Philip, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and their staff are the only people who are entitled to use the royal train; Prince William is only believed to have used it once in 2003 on his birthday tour, when he travelled to Wales, while Prince Harry and the Duchess of Cambridge are not thought to have ridden it before in an official capacity.

Described as Buckingham Palace on wheels, the lavish train is only used a handful of times a year. In 2017, it was used just 14 times at a cost of £900,000 to taxpayers. While it is very costly, it does provide a more comfortable ride for the 92-year-old monarch, especially when she travels overnight. The train, which was first used by Queen Victoria in 1842, has a luxurious smoking room, bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and a 12-seater dining room.

The Queen invites Meghan Markle to do something no other young royal has ever done Photo (C) GETTY
The Queen invites Meghan Markle to do something no other young royal has ever done Photo (C) GETTY

Next Thursday, Meghan and the Queen will spend the day in Cheshire. They will open the Mersey Gateway Bridge before opening the Storyhouse Theatre – a fitting engagement for former actress Meghan, who was best known for her role in Suits. The pair will then attend a lunch at Chester Town Hall.

Source: HELLO MAGAZINE