The teakwood and cream enamel Royal Train parked one night last week on a siding near Knowsley Hall, vast Lancashire estate of Edward George Villiers Stanley. 17th Earl of Derby.* There is no other peer with whom the King would rather dine and sit up late over a whiskey-soda. But scowling heavens loosed a cloudburst just as the Royal Train drew in. Terrific thunder claps, incessant lightning and sheets of lashing rain kept Their Majesties aboard the train all night. Next day amid brilliant sunshine Lord Derby was their guest as they chuffed off...

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