Pictures reveal the inside of the luxurious royal train that the Queen travels in
My regular commute consists of cramming myself into a carriage, having an armpit in my face and desperately trying to not look people in the eye out of fear that they will see my trembling bottom lip as I fight off the tears and ask 'is any of this worth it?'
Sadly, this is a regular occurrence for a lot of workers in large metropolitan city. But, for one woman who resides in London, her way of commuting around couldn't be much more different.
When the Queen hops on a train, she doesn't have to jostle for space or be left without a seat - as she has her own train. The Royal Train, which was launched in 1942, puts the Orient Express to shame with its luxurious carriages. Featuring a 12-seater dining room, a smoking room and bedrooms, the Queen's mode of transport is more luxurious than the hotels we go to on holiday.
The train was brought into service because Queen Victoria wasn't a fan of travelling by coach. Since then, it's been used by royals for holidays and to travel in style. Their meals are cooked by kitchen staff and to a level expected at the royal palaces. There is also a rota of 150 drivers who are the only people allowed to take control of the train. Take a look at some of the rooms below.
Queen Victoria's Saloon
Used by Victoria for the first royal train journey in 1842, this room has been refurbished over time but the decor and blue theme remain the same.
This room was originally built for Edward VII and had a gentleman's club vibe to it. The green velvet and dark wood with a decanter of port suggest it was a place for the men to retire after dinner.
The 12-seater dining room is serviced by staff who travel with the family from the palace. Naturally, the only serve meals fit for a queen.
George V, the Queen's grandfather, decided to turn his dressing room into a bathroom in 1915, complete with a tub. It was the first bathtub to ever be fitted on a train in the UK.
King George's bedroom
Queen Mary oversaw the renovations on the train which saw electric lights fitted alongside cooling fans. The King's and Queen's bedrooms were the same design, but Mary had a pink quilt and cream curtains instead.
Queen Elizabeth's Saloon
The Queen's quarters were updated in 1997 and the one in the image below was donated to the National Railway Museum. Now, her new carriage is 75-feet-long and covered in carpets and paintings of Scotland by Roy Penny.
So, it's safe to say that Royal's travel in style when compared to the rest of us. I mean, looking at those images, I'd happily live on that train when it's not in use. What d'ya say, Liz, need a house/train keeper?