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After decades of service and years of watching her family's troubles splashed across the tabloids, Britain's Queen is beginning to feel her age. She needs some proper cheering up. An unexpected opportunity offers her relief: an impromptu visit to a place that holds happy memories—the former royal yacht, Britannia, now moored near Edinburgh. Hidden beneath a skull-emblazoned hoodie, the limber Elizabeth (thank goodness for yoga) walks out of Buckingham Palace into the freedom of a rainy London day and heads for King's Cross to catch a train to Scotland. But a characterful cast of royal attendants has discovered her missing. In uneasy alliance a lady-in-waiting, a butler, an equerry, a girl from the stables, a dresser, and a clerk from the shop that supplies Her Majesty's cheese set out to find her and bring her back before her absence becomes a national scandal.
Mrs Queen Takes the Train is a clever novel, offering a fresh look at a woman who wonders if she, like Britannia herself, has, too, become a relic of the past. William Kuhn paints a charming yet biting portrait of British social, political, and generational rivalries—between upstairs and downstairs, the monarchy and the government, the old and the young. Comic and poignant, fast paced and clever, this delightful debut tweaks the pomp of the monarchy, going beneath its rigid formality to reveal the human heart of the woman at its center.
A good book, but I much more preferred Elisa Ellen's "The Queen's Summer Holiday", where the Queen comes over as being much more human and lovable.Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
This was a fun read. The author took some liberties in what life might be like as the Queen of England, but it was well written and the characters were interesting.Published 2 days ago by Lorna M. Harvey
This was a light hearted story, and sometimes you need to read something like this. I thoroughly enjoyed it.Published 6 days ago by mbo
I was disappointed in this book. There were too many inaccuracies for my liking, since I'm British and found too many errors. Scotch whisky is never spelled with an e. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Diane Copley
I thought this book rather amusing and interesting. It talks about some of the workings of The Queen's daily life and structure and gives a 'look behind the scenes. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Ann Ross
This story begins with the Queen of England struggling with a bout of depression. It actually follows the stories of multiple people – the head butler, a stable hand at the Royal... Read morePublished 25 days ago by kstewart424
This was a fun book to read. Learned a lot as well.Published 28 days ago by Linda R. Madden-brenholts