Prince William and Kate Middleton kick off train tour across Britain

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  • Prince William and Kate Middleton departed from London on Sunday evening for their Royal Train tour.
  • The couple is embarking on a three-day tour across England, Scotland and Wales, to thank the nation's frontline workers, teachers and more for their work amid the pandemic.
  • The tour will be Kate Middleton's first aboard the Royal Train, which the royals have been using since the Victorian era.

Sharing artwork by British artist Joe Whale, better known as Doodle Boy, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced their Royal Train tour over the weekend.

The tour will see Prince William and Kate Middleton travel via the Royal Train across England, Scotland, and Wales for three days to meet frontline workers, teachers, mental health professionals, care workers, schoolchildren, and young people to pass on the nation's thanks for their tireless efforts amid the pandemic, they said on their official social media accounts.

William and Kate departed on Sunday evening from London, while Shakin' Stevens Merry Christmas Everyone echoed through Euston station.

They kicked things off by thanking inspiring transport workers who've ensured everyone felt safe amid the Covid-19 crisis.

A spokeswoman for Kensington Palace said: "The duke and duchess are very much looking forward to shining a spotlight on the incredible work that has been done across the country throughout this difficult year and to sharing their gratitude on behalf of the nation for all those supporting their local communities ahead of the Christmas holidays."

The tour is thought to be Kate Middleton's first one aboard the Royal Train, which the family's made use of since the Victorian era, reports ITV News.

According to the publication, both Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles have their own private carriages on the train, with the head of state's featuring a bedroom, sitting room, desk for working, dining quarters and a bathroom which boasts a full-sized bath.    

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