Kate Middleton: Royal Train’s surprising bath quirk – and Queen Elizabeth’s strict rules

Kate Middleton and William: Expert on couple's royal train tour

The Royal Train has been used since 1840, with Queen Victoria becoming the first British monarch to travel in it in 1842. It has a maximum of nine carriages which include sleeping, dining and lounge carriages. Travelling via the Royal Train is considered a prestigious honour, with only Queen Elizabeth, 99, able to permit people to use the service.

Kate Middleton is understood to be using the train for the very first time on this UK tour.

Her husband Prince William has made several trips on the train.

A royal expert has spoken about what the pair can expect onboard.

Russell Myers, Royal Editor at the Daily Mirror, told ITV viewers on Lorraine this morning that the train is surprisingly lacking in opulence.

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“It’s apparently the Queen’s favourite mode of transport however it isn’t that luxurious,” he said. “It hasn’t been updated for decades.”

The Queen’s carriage is air-conditioned and electrically heated and features its own bedroom, sitting room, desk and dining area.

Her quarters in the Royal Train also include a bathroom and her own full-sized bath.

Myers revealed this bath has an unusual feature not seen on most tubs.

“It’s special because it’s got a line on it to tell you where to fill it up to in case you go round a corner and you go flying out with the bathwater,” he explained.

In fact, when the Queen travels on the train she has a strict rule when it comes to bathing.

The monarch is said to have her bath at exactly the same time – believed to be 7.30am.

At this time, the train drivers are instructed to drive more carefully. They are told to avoid any bumps in order to keep the bathing experience smoother for the Queen.

Whether Kate and William will insist on this is not known.

“When Britannia was used for royal honeymoons, the crew (known as Yachties) would rope two single beds together,” writer Brian Hoey revealed in his book ‘Not in Front of the Corgis.

As for the Royal Train, it also features a “rather grand banqueting table” which seats 12, Myers added.

Prince Philip has his own saloon carriage of similar design to that of the Queen with a kitchen, green curtains, matching chair cushions and a brown carpet.

Prince Charles, 72, also has his own lounge car complete with a bedroom, bathroom and study with a small writing desk, and a blue-and-white floral patterned sofa with matching curtains.

“When Britannia was used for royal honeymoons, the crew (known as Yachties) would rope two single beds together,” writer Brian Hoey revealed in his book ‘Not in Front of the Corgis.

As for the Royal Train, it also features a “rather grand banqueting table” which seats 12, Myers added.

Prince Philip has his own saloon carriage of similar design to that of the Queen with a kitchen, green curtains, matching chair cushions and a brown carpet.

Prince Charles, 72, also has his own lounge car complete with a bedroom, bathroom and study with a small writing desk, and a blue-and-white floral patterned sofa with matching curtains.

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