Kate Middleton and Prince William arrive for their first stop on Royal Train 'thank you' tour of BritainDecember 7, 2020
KATE MIDDLETON and Prince William have today arrived for their first stop on their Royal Train 'thank you' tour of Britain.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived in Edinburgh this morning- welcomed by a piper playing Christmas songs including Jingle Bells and Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.
Wearing face masks, William and Kate thanked the piper before leaving the station.
Kate stunned in a powder blue jacket to stay warm on the chilly December Day while Wills wore a red tartan scarf in a nod to their Scottish hosts.
Last night, the couple boarded the Royal Train on a 1,250-mile, three-day nationwide tour to thank key workers and communities in the fight against Covid-19.
They were treated to a performance of Merry Christmas Everyone by Shakin' Stevens – known as the Welsh Elvis.
Kate and Wills, both 38, met transport workers at Euston Station, London, last night who had helped keep the nation's trains running during the pandemic.
Speaking to Alero Abbey, TfL area manager for Green Park and Euston, William said: "It’s moments like this when people really appreciate what you do every day.
"Suddenly we all know what you do and that you do a really good job."
The couple appeared shocked to hear from London Overground driver Glyn Smith, who told them he had managed to avoid hitting a young child on the line in June.
William said: "You saved his life? How fast were you going at the time?"
Mr Smith told them he was driving at around 20mph, adding: “It could have been so much worse.”
William replied: "Well done. Very impressive."
Shaky, real name Michael Barrett, 72, sent the royals on their way in the Queen's Royal Train for a short tour of England, Scotland and Wales that finishes tomorrow.
He belted out his 1984 Christmas number one hit from the station floor as Kate and Wills clapped along from the first-floor concourse.
The 72-year-old performer said: "I'm loving it, it was lovely to be invited."
He added that the couple were "certainly fans" of his festive hit, saying: "They picked it!"
The performer also praised the couple's big train trip, saying: "It's nice to give back and they are leading the way.
"It needs something to cheer us up doesn't it? Because what we've got, we don't know how long it's going to go on for, so you have got to keep your pecker up."
Last night, the couple wrote a message to commuters at Euston Station, with Kate writing on a service board: "Thank you to all transport workers everywhere for keeping the country moving throughout this difficult year.
"Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!"
Network Rail staff at Euston Station altered the departure boards for the occasion, changing Wolverhampton to Warmerhampton, Coventry to Coventry Carol and Northampton to Northpolehampton.
The Duke and Duchess will stop off in England, Scotland and Wales, to thank frontline NHS workers, volunteers, keyworkers, care home staff, teachers and schoolchildren for all their hard work during the pandemic.
But the stop-offs are being kept underwraps.
The final stop tomorrow will be to see the Queen, Prince Charles and Camilla – the first time the five senior Royals will have gathered for a photograph this year.
The Royal Train, decorated in royal claret livery, is powered by eco-friendly bio-fuel made from waste cooking oil.
It is believed the trip is Kate's first official journey by royal train, despite having been a member of the monarchy for almost a decade, while the duke has used it a number of times.
William travelled on the train on the day of the funeral of his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1997, when he joined his father, brother and the Spencer family on the journey to the princess's ancestral home Althorp for her burial.
Rock star Shakin' Stevens is famous for a string of 1980s hits including Merry Christmas Everyone which hit number one in 1984.
A Kensington Palace spokesman said: “They are really excited about the trip and getting to communities across England, Scotland and Wales.
“The only thing that’s missing is a stop in Northern Ireland which is currently in a full lockdown – so they’ll make it a priority to get there in the new year.”
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