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Inside the Queen's Royal Train where Meghan Markle will sleep tonight - and it's probably not as luxurious as you would expect

Mirror logo Mirror 14/06/2018 Zoe Forsey

a person sitting at a table: The Queen has an office on board © Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited The Queen has an office on board You probably won't be surprised to hear the Queen doesn't just jump on any old train when she needs to make a long trip.

You won't see her running through Euston station with a Boots meal deal and a WH Smiths paperback, because her majesty has her very own train.

a living room: This photo was taken in 2010 © Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited This photo was taken in 2010

While she does sometimes use normal trains, if she's making a long trip it's normally on the Royal Train, which has been used by monarchs since Queen Victoria.

Back in the day it was just as plush as you would expect, with bright velvet sofas and cushions. But now, it seems much more low-key with simple decor and furniture.

a bedroom with a bed and desk in a room: The bedrooms are very simple © Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited The bedrooms are very simple

The train has bedrooms, bathrooms, a sitting room and a large dining room.

There is also an office where the Queen works during her travels.

a wooden bench sitting in a chair in a room: You can still get a lot of people around the table! © Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited You can still get a lot of people around the table!

The train also has space for her staff, and there are bedrooms with bunk beds.

Speaking to the BBC back in 2002, director of royal travel Tim Hewlett said: "There is a perception the train is a bit like the Orient Express.

a dining room table: It's simple, but still colourful © Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited It's simple, but still colourful

"But there are not many bathroom furnishings you could not get in Homebase or B&Q."

Queen Victoria was the first monarch to travel by train, and her favourite carriage on the old steam train has recently been restored to it's former glory.

a room filled with furniture and a large window: What Queen Victoria's carriage looked like in 1895 © Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited What Queen Victoria's carriage looked like in 1895

Photos of King Edward VII's dining room show detailed wooden paneling, curtains and coving.

The wooden dining table is decorated with flowers in vases, and the table is laid for a formal meal with several courses.

a cluttered room: Staff at the National Railway Museum in York worked to bring it back to its former glory © Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Staff at the National Railway Museum in York worked to bring it back to its former glory

His bedroom was fitted with electric lights and fans.

Nowdays the train is only used by very senior members of the royal family, normally just the Queen, Philip, Charles and Camilla.

The bathroom © Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited The bathroom

Prince William is believed to have only used it once, and Kate and Harry have never taken it for formal trips.

However Meghan Markle will travel in the train for her first official trip without Prince, as she accompanies the Queen for a day of royal engagements in Cheshire. 

a large room

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