Prince William and Kate are embarking on a surprise, three-day tour of Great Britain on board the royal train. From 6th to 8th December, they will travel 2011 km miles, making stops in England, Scotland and Wales.
The couple will pay tribute to organizations and individuals who have been on the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the Palace, Prince William and Kate will “pass on the nation’s sincere thanks and gratitude for all of their efforts to keep people safe and keep the country going,” while many of the engagements will “celebrate community spirit and demonstrate the impact of the public’s generosity this year”.
As they are making final preparations, on Saturday night Prince William and Kate shared a doodle created by Joe Whale, a talented 10-year-old, to bring the royal journey to life.
During the tour, local artists will be putting on a number of festive performances showcasing the U.K.’s arts, heritage and live performance sector, which has been bolstered by a £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund during the coronavirus pandemic.
Many of the official events will celebrate community spirit and the impact of the public’s generosity by showcasing organisations and initiatives supported by community relief funds, including NHS Charities Together.
A spokesperson 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.”
This will mark the first time Prince William and Kate have used the royal train to carry out royal engagements. The royal train was first used by Queen Consort Adelaide in 1840, but in 1842 Queen Victoria became the first reigning monarch to ride in it.