Great Western Railway (GWR) has named a train after HRH Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, in recognition of her support for more than 300 charities, organisations and military regiments in the UK and overseas.

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At a ceremony in London Paddington station, the Intercity Express Train 800024 was named in honour of Her Royal Highness, who was joined by her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, a member of the GWR Advisory Board.

Inspired by the heritage of GWR’s King George V locomotive, two sides of a coin appear on the side of GWR’s named Intercity Express Trains.

With the Coat of Arms of the GWR on one side of coin, the other will include an illustration of The Princess competing at the 1976 Montreal Olympics. Seated on the Queen’s horse, Goodwill, Her Royal Highness was taking part in the equestrian three-day event – the first member of the Royal Family to feature in the Olympics.

Mark Hopwood, Great Western Railway Managing Director, said: “Naming trains has been a tradition on the railway, and especially on the Great Western Railway, since the earliest days of train travel.

“Today GWR proudly continues this tradition, recognising and celebrating inspirational individuals who have shaped the communities and the nation. Her Royal Highness has dedicated a large part of her working life to official engagements and visits and we are delighted to recognise this immense contribution by carrying her name on the side of this Intercity Express Train.”


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