Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Royal Train Tour

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are traveling on the Royal Train between December 6th and 8th, making stops in England, Scotland and Wales, in line with government guidance, to undertake a series working visits ahead of the Christmas holidays to pay tribute to the incredible work of individuals and organisations that have gone above and beyond in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Duke and Duchess will travel 1250 miles and meet frontline workers, volunteers, care home staff, teachers, schoolchildren and young people to hear about their experiences, sacrifices and the inspiring work they have done throughout this challenging year.

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On the evening of December 6th, the Duke and Duchess boarded the Royal Train from London’s Euston Station, after they met with inspiring transport workers who have gone out of their way to help people feel safe & secure throughout this difficult year.

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The following morning, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived in Edinburgh in Scotland, where they visited the Scottish Ambulance Service in Newbridge, meeting representatives to thank them for their incredible efforts. Then, they went to Berwick-Upon-Tweed in England, visiting the Holy Trinity Church of England First School  to recognise the invaluable work of teachers, including their efforts to keep schools open for vulnerable children and the children of key workers through the pandemic, and how they provided online learning to pupils at home.

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In Batley, the Duke and Duchess visited the Batley Community Centre, meeting volunteers who have supported elderly members of their community throughout the COVID-19 by sending cards, having regular phone calls and dropping off shopping, food bags and activity packs. They also met Len Gardner, who the Duchess had spoken to previously as part of the NHS Volunteer Responder ‘Check in and Chat’ scheme. Next, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were in Manchester, where they paid tribute to volunteers and organisations across the UK who have supported vulnerable families throughout 2020. The Duke delivered a speech to mark the end of the day.

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On the morning of December 8th, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were in Wales, starting the day off at ‘Christmas at the Castle’ in Cardiff Castle, where they met students from Cardiff University, Cardiff Metropolitan University and the University of South Wales, acknowledging the role of young people during this pandemic and how their mental health and education has been affected, especially learning how they have been supported during the pandemic through the UK Government’s Culture Recovery Fund.

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The Duke and Duchess then moved on to Bath where they said hello to the residents of Cleeve Court Care Home in Twerton, before paying tribute to the efforts of care staff across the country, hearing from staff about their experiences of providing care and helping residents stay connected to their loved ones throughout the pandemic. They then traveled to Reading, where the couple visited the Royal Berkshire Hospital to thank nurses for their incredible and tireless work during the pandemic.

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In the evening, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (wearing her Antique Diamond Earrings) ended the Royal Train Tour at Windsor Castle, where they joined the Queen, Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, the Princess Royal, and the Earl and Countess of Wessex as they welcomed a number of local volunteers and key workers from organisations and charities in Berkshire, who will be volunteering or working to help others over the Christmas period.

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3 thoughts on “Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Royal Train Tour

  1. Thank you for such a complete report of the Duke and Duchess’ trip! I think it was so excellent that they went around, thanking everyone, from the train workers, to the cleaners, to the nurses and doctors, for their amazing job. People need to be recognized and given a nice pat in the back once in a while. It can’t be all work! And they were able to do so quickly and efficiently by using the Royal Train. It’s actually less exposure for them and everyone else as well. It was so lovely that the ended up together with the Queen, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Princess Royal and the Earl and Countess of Wessex. TBH, those are the core workers in the Royal Family right now, with a bit of help from the Gloucesters, the Duke of Kent, and Princess Alexandra. Prince Charles should pay attention to this when he does his “downsizing”. 🙂

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    1. I’m glad you appreciate it! The tour was just wonderful and it’s a pity that unsavoury politicians attacked it to advance their political agenda. It seems like a great success and I’m sure it was much appreciated.

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      1. Well, I was thinking the same thing. The Prime Minister of Scotland practically told them they were not welcome because they would be “violating the rules”. I thought that was quite rude, especially since she had done the same thing a couple of days earlier! I’m sure the people they visited, the workers and the nurses, etc., were very glad of the attention and the appreciation they received. And after all, that’s what’s important!

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