Why the Queen could be forced to lose her beloved Royal Train

The cost of the Royal Train is said to be 'staggering'

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The Queen's Royal Train's days could be numbered after a financial expert has warned it's "not financially viable".

The Queen's beloved Royal Train has previously been saved from the scrapheap after MP's questioned how cost-effective Her Majesty's favourite mode of transport was in 2003.

But now, 18 years later and the Royal Train could be set for the same fate as a financial expert has suggested it's simply not "financially viable" for the Queen anymore. 

Red flags were raised after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's festive royal tour of Scotland last year. Their first engagement since the beginning of the global pandemic.

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Evaluating the cost of that trip—as revealed in the annual Sovereign Grant Report, David McLure told Mail Plus' Palace Confidential, "William and Kate on one single rail journey to Scotland spent £49,000.

"Interestingly it was the only time the royal train was used this year. Last year it was only used three times. So it's not really financially viable."

Given the staggering cost per trip, he added, "In the future, its days must be numbered."

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The Sovereign Grant is a pot of money used to pay for the royal family's official work and the upkeep of their properties and is partially funded by UK tax-payer's money. 

So it's no surprise the figure cannot just keep escalating without a thought for those funding it. 

And, according to David McLure, it's not just travel that The Sovereign Grant pays for.

He explained, "The Sovereign Grant does not include all the costs of the monarchy."

"It doesn't include say the cost of local councils for organising visits by members of the Royal Family."

Prince Charles

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Perhaps that's why there are rumors that when Prince Charles ascends the throne, he has plans to "streamline the Monarchy" and "ditch" some close relatives, in a bid to reduce costs.

The Prince of Wales is reportedly keen for change when he becomes King and will likely want to adjust the way the royal family is structured. 

Royal biographer, Angela Levin, recently revealed, "Prince Charles has wanted for a very long time to cut the monarchy down to save costs and to make people be worth the money that they got from the taxpayer,” she explained.

It could see the Duke and Duchess of Sussex completely cut from the royal family following their decision to step back as senior members as well as other members of the "outer edge".

"I imagine that that might be when Harry and Meghan are ditched from being members of the Royal Family," Angela added.

"I think the outer edge, which the Queen has wanted to keep together for a very long time for sentimental reasons."

"But he wants to change and I think he will do that."

Georgia Farquharson

Georgia writes across Woman & Home and Good to Know and specialises in all things royal. Previously labelled the "Queen of the royals," Georgia knows the whose who and what's what when it comes to the monarchy. When she's not eagerly following the royal family, Georgia enjoys shopping and self-care. She lives with this motto in mind; "if your dreams don't scare you, they aren't big enough."