Prince William and his wife Kate arrived in Edinburgh on Monday at the start of a nationwide train tour of Britain to meet and thank frontline workers, care home staff and teachers for their efforts all the way through the Covid-19 pandemic.
William, Queen Elizabeth’s grandson and second-in-line to the throne, and Kate are travelling 1,250 miles across England, Scotland and Wales on board the Royal Train as a part of their three-day commute.
They kicked off the tour at London’s Euston Station on Sunday evening where they were serenaded by Welsh pop star Shakin’ Stevens singing his 1980s hit “Merry Christmas Everyone” before leaving for Scotland.
“Thank you to all transport workers in every single place for keeping the country moving during this difficult year,” they wrote on a train information board before they set off.
Britain has been the hardest hit country in Europe by Covid-19, with more than 60,000 deaths.
“The Duke and Duchess are very much having a look forward to shining a highlight on the improbable work that has been done across the country during this difficult year,” Kensington Palace said in a observation.
Queen Victoria used to be the first reigning monarch to use the Royal Train in 1842, to trip from Slough to London’s Paddington station, even if critics have questioned its purpose in recent times, saying it is expensive and little used.
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