The Queen has joined celebrations marking the 175th anniversary of the first train journey taken by a British monarch. She recreated Queen Victoria's trip from Slough to Paddington on 13 June 1842 on the Great Western Railway. The Queen made the 19-minute journey on the new Intercity Express train along with the Duke of Edinburgh. Of her experience, Queen Victoria wrote in her journal 'it was delightful and so quick'. The monarch added: 'It took us exactly 30 minutes going to Paddington, & the motion was very slight, & much easier than a carriage, also no dust or great heat.' Victoria had been persuaded on board by Prince Albert, a veteran of rail travel who was fascinated by the new technology.
The Queen took on the same journey as the first monarch to travel by train, Queen Victoria.