However Prince Edward As the only royal expected to appear for the opening of the new Elizabeth Line on Tuesday, he brought a special guest with him. Queen Elizabeth, Wearing a bright yellow suit and matching hat, made a surprise appearance at London’s Paddington station to celebrate the christening of a train line named in her honor.
She only stayed at the event for about 10 minutes, but when she was there she greeted the Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, and Transport Commissioner for London Andy Byford (New Yorkers may know as Train Daddy). “We are all deeply moved and moved and grateful to the Queen for coming to open the Elizabeth line today,” Johnson said afterward. “It was great to meet her.”
The Queen and Edward also spoke to some of the staff that will run the train, which connects the east side of the city to the west and was originally called the Crossrail. Construction of the railway line began in 2009 and officially opened to passengers on May 24. Johnson first proposed that the new train line be named after the queen in 2013, when he was still was mayor of London, but it did not become official. until 2016. Together, the two announced the line’s purple logo at an event on Bond Street.
During her visit, she received an Oyster card and was taught how to use it on a ticket machine. “I gave her an Oyster card and told her she could tap it on the yellow reader. I showed her my current balance and how to top up Oyster, “station attendant” Kofi Duah Talk to Guardians. “She said, ‘Where can I use it?’ I said, ‘You can use it all over our line, from Paddington to Abbey Wood. She said, “Oh great, great.”
After the queen departed, Edward took a train from Paddington to Tottenham Court Road station, the BBC reported. In the second leg, he talked with the train driver. “That was amazing,” he said when the ride was over. “I enjoyed that very much. It’s fun. ”
According to Buckingham Palace, she knew about the event in advance and let the organizers know she would try to attend. Due to health and mobility issues, including a back injury last fall, the queen has cut back on her public events and is making decisions about which dates to attend. . Her two appearances at the Royal Windsor Horse Show last weekend were her first outside of Windsor Castle since March.
The queen’s last official visit to Paddington Station took place in June 2017, when she and Prince Philip recreated Queen Victoria’s first locomotive journey in 1843.
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