In the midst of a pandemic, Britain’s Prince William is touring the country by train

LONDON: Prince William and his wife Kate will embark on a tour of Britain by train on Sunday, meeting frontline workers, nursing home staff and teachers to thank them for their efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Great Britain is the worst hit country in Europe by COVID-19, with more than 60,000 dead.

William, Queen Elizabeth’s grandson and second in line to the throne, and Kate will ride the Royal Train, which travels 1,250 miles across England, Scotland and Wales.

“The Duke and Duchess are very much looking forward to highlighting the incredible work that has been done across the country this difficult year,” Kensington Palace said in a statement.

“(They also look forward to) sharing their gratitude on behalf of the nation to all those who support their local communities ahead of the Christmas holidays.”

Queen Victoria was the first reigning monarch to use the Royal Train in 1842 to travel from Slough to Paddington Station in London.

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