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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.
I would have given a 31/2 if I could. I enjoyed reading it, and found out a lot about the way the Royal court functions. I loved the characterisation of The Queen, (note capitals! Read morePublished 1 day ago by penny
Not very imaginative. Predictable. Elementary in plot, writing style and characters.Published 2 days ago by elle ohallorahan
I like the book, but it was a little hard to get into the story. Not all was logically cinnected. Loved the way Mrs..Queen was portrayed as just another nice old lady -- kind of. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Ute Buehler
very enjoyable look into the mind of the Queen - I wasn't quite sure if this was a real story or not...... it seemed like it could have been based on actual events - easy readPublished 25 days ago by Star326
It was cute. Lost a little steam in the end. The queen was a cute character and Rajiv. Though I didn't really *feel* emotion for anybody. But I didn't expect a classic. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Terri Lackey
This book was absolutely charming. The inclusions of pictures of the Queen and some of the places mentioned in the story added to the feeling that you were reading about a true... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Joan Waddell