Kids dream of riding the Polar Express to visit Santa at the North Pole. The hit movie showcases waiters whipping around steaming mugs of hot chocolate, lots of singing and dancing, and festive gifts waiting to be unwrapped by incredibly excited pajama-clad kids.
In Britain, beloved Queen Elizabeth's festive Christmas season also includes a trade ride, and the monarch appeared to be thrilled to kick off the holidays aboard a locomotive. The 92-year-old left Buckingham Palace on Thursday morning to travel by train to Sandringham House in Norfolk, which is located 110 miles north of London, People reported.
Queen Elizabeth boarded the scheduled train – in a first-class carriage no less – from King's Cross Station in London to King's Lynn, Norfolk. As she stepped off the train, she wore sensible brown shoes, a brown coat, a scarf draped across her head and the biggest genuine smile showing how thrilled she was that the holiday season was upon her.
Morning commuters could not believe that they were riding the same train with none other than the queen. Those passengers on the platform were stunned as they watched her disembark with security nearby.
The train ride to Sandringham House is the next step in Her Majesty's holiday schedule. On Wednesday, the queen hosted her annual holiday lunch for members of the royal family at Buckingham Palace.