Royal luxury on rails
An exhibition of European royal trains is to go on show at the Dutch Rail Museum in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The collection, which includes trains used by Tsar Alexander II of Russia and Archduke Franz Ferdinand, opens to the public on April 15. The collection will be opened by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, who […]
The collection, which includes trains used by Tsar Alexander II of Russia and Archduke Franz Ferdinand, opens to the public on April 15.
The collection will be opened by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, who will arrive in her own royal train — which will then go on display at the museum.
Actors dressed as royalty and other historical figures will be on hand to make the exhibition come to life.
King Albert I, Belgium
King Albert’s carriage dates from 1912.
King Ludwig II, Bavaria
Bavarian King Ludwig II’s train dates from 1860.
King Christian IX, Denmark
The interior of Danish King Christian IX’s royal carriage. The King was nicknamed the “father-in-law of Europe” for his six children’s marriages across European royal houses.
Tsar Alexander II, Russia
Russian Tsar Alexander II’ used his carriage from 1870
Queen Anna, the Netherlands
This drawing shows the interior of Dutch Queen Anna Pavlovna’s carriage
King Edward VII, Great Britain
British King Edward VII’s carriage dates from 1902.
Queen Adelaide, Great Britain
The carriage of British Queen Adelaide dates from 1842. The Australian city of Adelaide is named after the Queen, who was consort to William IV.
Queen Maria Pia, Portugal
The Portuguese Queen Maria Pia’s carriage dates from 1858 – the complete train is on show at the exhibition in Utrecht.
Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Austria
Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s carriage dates from 1910 – his assassination four years later began the First World War.
Source: AFPrelaxnews, 2010