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The Prince of Wales and his entourage on camels posing for camera in front of Pyramid of Cheops and Pyramid of Cephrenes, Giza, Cairo. The Prince is seated on the camel fifth from the left. The man in the white suit with a cigar, gazing up at the Prince,
Royal Travel

Modes of travel and travelling accessories used by monarchs past and present


Train Royal

copy after original of 1855

RCIN 2584460

This photograph shows the Royal Train used by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert during their State Visit to France in August 1855. As they travelled between Paris and Amiens, they were accompanied by the Cents Gardes who 'were on guard at every station we stopped at'. Despite the speed and convenience of the train, the queen complained in her journals that 'The heat & dust, in the train, were very great — really dreadful, & I never felt hotter'.

Queen Victoria was the first British monarch to travel by train, going from Slough to Paddington in the newly-built royal saloon on 13 June 1842. For safety, the Queen imposed a speed restriction of 40 miles per hour by day and 30 miles per hour by night, and was said to have had a small signal installed that would enable her footman to alert the driver if she wished to slow down. Later in her reign, royal saloons were furnished with the latest modern comforts, including heating and hot water pipes.

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