175th Anniversary of First Train Journey by a British Monarch

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The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will mark the 175th anniversary of the first train journey by a British monarch

Tuesday 13th June 2017

Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, will mark the 175th anniversary of the first train journey by a British monarch. The Queen and The Duke will travel from Slough to London Paddington on a Great Western Railway train, recreating the historic journey made by Queen Victoria on 13th June 1842.

Prior to travelling, Her Majesty and His Royal Highness will pass through the original waiting room at Slough Railway Station, which was also used by Queen Victoria. They will view a historical timeline of the Great Western Railway and a related art project by local schoolchildren.

The Royal party will then board GWR’s new Intercity Express train, which is due to enter passenger service later this year. Accompanying The Queen and The Duke on the journey will be descendants of Daniel Gooch, who drove the original locomotive (Phlegethon), and Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the celebrated engineer who designed the Great Western Railway line and assisted Daniel Gooch during the 1842 journey.

The new train’s two leading vehicles are to be called Queen Elizabeth II and Queen Victoria. On arrival at London Paddington, Her Majesty will take part in a short unveiling ceremony.

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