Many of those present at the opening of a new subway line in London probably did not expect this. Suddenly Queen Elizabeth II was standing in the station and being shown how to take a ticket.
Queen Elizabeth II caused a surprise with her latest appearance. At London’s Paddington underground station, the monarch examined the now completed Elizabeth Line project. The completion of construction work had been delayed, but now the line, named after the Queen, should be open to the public from May 24.
At the unannounced date, the 96-year-old monarch was accompanied by her youngest son, Prince Edward. Reporting on the performance, a Buckingham Palace spokeswoman was quoted as saying: “By a happy development, Her Majesty The Queen is attending today’s event to celebrate the completion of the Elizabeth Line.” The organizers were informed that she could attend spontaneously. Apparently, the palace is now pursuing the strategy of only communicating at short notice whether the Queen will appear on certain occasions in order to avoid disappointment through cancellations.