Take A Rare Look Inside The Royal Family's Train

It's basically Kensington Palace on wheels.

From plush carriages to old steam engines, here is a glimpse inside the richest of travel arrangements.

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Royal Train

Back before the 1840s, Queen Victoria was not a fan of traveling by coach while on tour. Enter: the royal train. This is what it looked like when it carried King George V and Queen Mary to Blackpool, as part of their tour of the North West of England.

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Queen Victoria's Saloon

When Queen Victoria first rode on the royal train in 1842 from Windsor to London, the interior of her saloon is the epitome of extravagance, from the upholstered blue walls to ornate gold accessories. Pictured above is the modern-version.

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King Edward's Lounge

King Edward VII commissioned a brand new set of saloons when he became king, including this office and lounge combination that he and his wife could both use as an escape.

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Smoking Room

Another addition by King Edward VII: A smoking room, complete with an Edwardian gentlemen's club-vibe thanks to the leather and wood detailing and a table with decanters of liquor at all times.

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Dining Room

Since Victoria preferred to travel by train instead of by coach, her and Edward put a lot of thought into the design of their living spaces on board, as evidenced by this room's wood detailing.

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King George V's Bathroom

In 1910, King George V had his dressing room converted into the first bath on a train anywhere in Britain. Today, the Queen's bathroom features a tub, but Philip's en suite comes with a shower.

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King George V's Bedroom

King George V's bedroom was equipped with electric lights and cooling fans, after Queen Mary oversaw a major renovation of the train. Mary's bedroom was similar, except her coverlet was pink and the windows were covered with cream drapes.

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Queen Elizabeth II's Saloon

The train is comprised of nine separate carriages (a.k.a. saloons). Back in 1977, the design of the queen's saloon was created before Queen Elizabeth embarked on the Silver Jubilee Tour. It's 75 feet long, covered in plush carpet and features paintings of Scottish landscapes by Roy Penny.

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Prince Philip's Saloon

The sitting room in Philip's room is filled with chairs and a table for meetings. He also has a separate bedroom (as does the Queen), which features a 3-foot-wide bed and a private en suite.

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Dining Room

Today, the dining room seats 12 people and serves as a source of entertainment for the family while they travel by train, as this form of travel usually involves multiple stops and days on a royal tour. The windows are covered to provide privacy for those dining.

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