Meghan Markle’s royal life is getting ridiculously fairytale-ish.
The newly hailed Duchess of Sussex has been invited by the Queen of England for a day of female-only royal engagements. The 92-year-old monarch is about to grant Meghan another royal ‘first’, as the two women will board the royal train on Thursday, June 13th to Cheshire.
The Duchess of Sussex will have the special honor of traveling on the royal train with the Queen on their engagement next week. Not even Prince Harry or Prince William have used the train in an official capacity before. #MeghanMarkle #QueenElizabeth https://t.co/7mZifUtyen pic.twitter.com/jWDr9xEW79— DressLikeaDuchess (@DressDuchess) June 5, 2018
Until now, official use of the train was strictly reserved for senior members of the Royal Family such as the Queen, Prince Phillip, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, together with their members of staff. This basically means that not even Kate Middleton, who is rumored to be the Queen’s favorite royal granddaughter-in-law (at least up until now) has used the train in an official capacity.
Dubbed "Buckingham on Wheels", the train is reserved exclusively for royal travel, and thus is only used a handful of times per year. Soaked in vintage glamour, it also doesn’t come cheap. Firing up its engine sets back the British taxpayers around £900,000 per year.
First used in 1842 by Queen Victoria, the train’s heritage charm is reminiscent of the Orient Express- minus the bloody connotations. Composed of nine carriages, it offers each guest a lavish bedroom with an en-suite bathroom, and gourmet meals in its exclusive 12-seat dining room. A smoking room is also available onboard in traditional fashion.
The pair will enjoy some serious one on one quality time together on the luxurious train, getting to know each other better on the journey.
Once in Cheshire, the Queen and Meghan will initially open the Mersey Gateway Bridge, and then dart off to open the Storyhouse Theater. Being a former actress, widely known for her role in legal drama Suits, Meghan is seen as a fitting companion to attend this cultural engagement. The two will then have lunch at Chester Town Hall.
The journey marks Meghan’s first solo engagement with the Queen. Kate Middleton, ahem, still hasn’t had the honour to attend an official event alone with the Queen.
Is Meghan on her way to become the Queen’s favourite young royal? I, for one, think she will definitely stir the royal pot.