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The Queen’s seriously decadent menu aboard the £800,000 royal train revealed

Georgia Brown

When you think of trains, luxury travel might not initially come to mind. The QueenThe Royal Train, however, has been used by the Royal Family since 1840 – and it’s nothing short of a lavish affair.

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From the lavish interiors emblazoned with gilded royal crests to the decadent multi-course menu served on board, Her Majesty’s favorite mode of transport could rival that of a five-star hotel. According The Telegraphthe annual cost of the train works out to around £800,000 per year (as of 2017).

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The nine-car royal train is equipped with multiple bedrooms and bathrooms, a dining room that seats 12, and even a dedicated catering business to serve the monarch’s favorite dishes.

So what do you eat while traveling on the royal train? Royal expert Brian Hoey wrote about the food on board the royal train for MailOnline in 2008, revealing that the dishes are of “superlative quality” and that the monarch has had her food served by the same steward for more than 20 years, Ken Moule.

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Monarch train is equipped with everything she needs

“During a late night departure, the Queen is offered light refreshments of smoked salmon, hot sausage rolls and chicken or egg sandwiches made with brown and white bread – all without a crust,” explains Ken.

On overnight trips, the Queen is awakened at 7:30 a.m. with a steaming pot of Earl Grey, made with tea leaves in a teapot and poured into a fine bone china teacup.

The royal train has a dining room large enough for 12 guests

The Queen’s journeys on her royal train also likely involve a slice of her favorite chocolate biscuit cake – the one her former royal chef Darren McGrady confirmed that the monarch never goes a day without.

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He said: “I remember a young chef traveling from Paddington to Windsor on a Friday morning with a half-eaten chocolate biscuit cake wrapped neatly and tightly in a biscuit tin and wrapped in cling film, perched on my knee with the fear of God in me that I’d lose or drop the thing!”

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