Book Review Mrs Queen Takes the Train

Mrs Queen Takes the Train by William Kuhn

About the book

Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, is growing increasingly disenchanted after her decades of public service and years of family scandal. One day, the Queen takes things into her own hands and, in a spur-of-the-moment decision, leaves the palace alone and incognito.

An unlikely group of six, including two of the Queen’s most trusted household staff members, William and Shirley; one of her loyal ladies in waiting, Lady Anne; an equerry fresh from the battlefields of Afghanistan, Luke; a young equestrienne who minds the horses in the Royal Mews, Rebecca; and Rajiv, an Etonian spending his early 20s behind the counter in an artisanal cheese shop in Mayfair, and moonlighting as a tabloid photographer, are the only ones who know of her disappearance. They vow to find her and bring her back to the palace before MI6 turn her Scottish sojourn into a national crisis.

Comments

Most people have set opinions about the royal family. Some say wouldn’t it be lovely to be the queen, others say no way. This book portrays a queen who is naive and inexperienced in the ways of the world which is quite understandable due to her privileged position for her whole life. The story of the book is completely unbelievable. It was clear from the book that even though she was travelling incognito there were still people looking after her. We wondered where William Kuhn got his information.

It was easy to read but it is not a book that seeks to involve the reader’s intelligence or imagination.

We gave this book 6/10 (which for some of us was generous)

Read by Winsmead Book Club

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