Meghan Markle had her first official solo outing with Queen Elizabeth on Thursday and everyone's talking about their regal outfits and just how much the two seem to be getting along on their visit to Cheshire, England. But what even the most dedicated royal fans don't realize is that the event is a big deal for the Duchess of Sussex for another important reason.
Meghan's trip on the royal train also makes her the first royal of her generation to ever travel with the Queen for an appointment by locomotive. That's right — Kate, Will, and Harry can't say the same. Talk about scoring major bragging points.
As we're sure you can guess, the train that Meghan and the Queen took from London to Cheshire is no ordinary ride. It may not be as luxurious as the castles the family is used to, but the "palace on wheels" does include sleeping quarters, dining areas, and even a private study. The carriages also provide space for the royal household staff, railway staff, and police personal protection officers.
The Queen’s saloon is a 75-foot-long carriage divided into a formal entrance hall, sitting room, bedroom, and full-size bathroom. In other words, there's plenty of space for bonding with her new granddaughter-in-law.
"The train seems to be the one place where, when away from home, the Queen and her family can truly relax out of the public gaze," royal commentator Brian Hoey writes in his book .
"It may not have quite the same romantic images as when Queen Victoria rolled in majestic style from Windsor to Balmoral, insisting that the driver never exceeded 30 miles an hour, but there remains some of the glamor [sic] of bygone days."
Glamour, indeed. Given the smiles and jokes exchanged during their outing today, we're going to guess the two royals definitely enjoyed their trip together. In a train that historic, how could you not?