The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge embark on a royal train journey to thank communities, outstanding individuals and key workers for their efforts during the Covid-19 pandemic.
William and Kate will board the Royal Train on Sunday and travel 1,250 miles on the 3-day tour, meeting the nursing home staff, teachers, school children and volunteers to learn about the challenges they faced and their inspiring stories.
The tour is thought to be the Duchess’s first official journey on the royal train, despite having been a member of the monarchy for nearly a decade, with the Duke having used it a number of times.
A Kensington Palace spokeswoman said: “The Duke and Duchess are very much looking forward to highlighting the incredible work that has been done across the country in this difficult year and to share their gratitude on behalf of the country for all those who support. their local communities prior to the Christmas holidays. “
The planned train journey has already been immortalized in a stylized drawing by schoolboy artist Joe Whale, better known as the Doodle Boy, who has gained worldwide fame with his creative efforts.
The youngster, who was approached by the Cambridges office to create the artwork, launched a YouTube channel during the coronavirus pandemic to teach others how to scribble.
Queen Victoria was the first monarch to travel by train, leaving Slough for Paddington Station in London at noon on June 13, 1842.
Victoria had been persuaded on board by Prince Albert, a train travel veteran who was fascinated by the new technology.
And since the Victorian era, the royal family has enjoyed their own special train, with the current royal carriages entering service in 1977 for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee.
The Queen and Prince of Wales have their own carriages and the Head of State has a bedroom with a single bed, a sitting room, a desk for working on the go, a dining area and a bathroom with a large bath.
William has traveled with the service a number of times, most notably on the day of his mother Diana, Princess of Wales’s funeral in 1997, when he joined his father, brother and the Spencer family on the journey to the ancestral home of the Princess Althorp for her funeral.
In 2003 he traveled overnight by train to Bangor with the Prince of Wales to perform a day of engagement in North Wales for his 21st birthday.
It is not known whether the Cambridges will travel with their entourage of private secretaries, press team and other members of their household.
Kensington Palace said the three-day tour, which ends Tuesday, will stop in England, Scotland and Wales in accordance with government guidelines for coronavirus.
During the official visits, the Duke and Duchess will convey their gratitude to the groups they meet for their efforts to keep the people or the country moving.
Many of the official events will celebrate the community spirit and impact of the public’s generosity by showcasing organizations and initiatives supported by community funds, including NHS Charities Together.
The UK art, heritage and live performance sector, which was supported by the government’s £ 1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund, will also be highlighted.
There will be a number of festive performances by local artists over the three days, celebrating the inspiring work of organizations and projects that the Duke and Duchess will visit.