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Above First Class! A Look At How The British Royal Family Travels

Date February 5, 2018

All aboard! If you're like Sheldon Cooper from the sitcom The Big Bang Theory, fasten your seatbelt: This will be a pleasurable ride down the royal history tracks.

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The Royals travel in style

This is an exploration into the trains used by the British Royal Family to travel around Great Britain. What makes these trains so special is the luxury and beauty. They were basically palaces on wheels.

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Queen Victoria’s Saloon is the most famous and popular of the royal carriages and was one of the several saloons made for the Queen during her reign.

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The most modern and considerably less extravagant royal train is the Royal Saloon built for King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1941.

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It was completed during the Second World War, its carriages were designed to give maximum protection to its royal inhabitants.

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Queen Elizabeth loves her trains

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Currently, the Royal Train has nine coaches, but it can be customized to whoever is using it at the time.

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On a normal day, it has seven carriages. The only members of the royal family who are allowed to use the present day Royal Train is the Queen, Prince Albert, or Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.

It is a rare occasion for all nine of the coaches to be used, unless the four are all traveling together. Prince Charles is the most frequent traveler of the lot.

The future is Green

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Prince Charles is very passionate about global warming and creating a more sustainable environment.

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In a bid to reduce the expenses in running the train, the Prince of Wales mentioned that it would mostly be used for business meetings and as an office.

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In addition, biodiesel is being used to power the trains. Biodiesel claims to leave less carbon footprint.

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In case you ever want to see them, a lot of these trains are housed in museums across the UK. The National Railway Museum in York has a special royally themed exhibition.

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