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'Mrs. Queen Takes the Train', a fun and lighthearted read

The fun, witty read Mrs. Queen Takes the Train: A Novel by William Kuhn is a fictional tale about England’s Queen Elizabeth II in which the bored and restless sovereign simply walks out of the palace one day, looking for a little adventure. Naturally, the courtiers are desperate to find the queen before news leaks out that she is missing.

Various photos of England's Elizabeth II out and about.
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Of course, the premise isn’t entirely new. Everyone remembers the exciting misadventures of Audrey Hepburn’s runaway princess in the film Roman Holiday. Another similarity between these two farcical stories is the light, humorous tone. This book has also been compared to Alan Bennett’s novella The Uncommon Reader, which has the fictionalized queen discovering the joy of reading; leading her to question the world around her and her role in it.

One of the reasons these types of books are so appealing is because they humanize this particular monarch, who has long been seen as rigid, distant and aloof. It is intriguing and amusing to think of Elizabeth impulsively running off on her own to explore the town.

William Kuhn is also the author of Reading Jackie: Her Autobiography in Books.

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