Queen Elizabeth makes surprise visit to Paddington Station


Queen Elizabeth made a surprise visit to Paddington Station alongside her youngest son, Prince Edward, to open the new Elizabeth railway line in London.

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said, "In a happy development, Her Majesty The Queen is attending today's event to mark the completion of the Elizabeth line. Her Majesty was aware of the engagement and the organisers were informed of the possibility she may attend," per Sky News.

Dressed in sunshine yellow, she arrived just after 11:30 BST (12:30 SAST) stepping carefully from a transparent lift while holding a walking stick.

The royal pair were welcomed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and TfL commissioner Andy Byford.

They met staff who have been key to the project, formerly known as Crossrail, and those who will run the railway, including train drivers, station staff and apprentices.

The queen was also given an Oyster card and shown how to use it on a ticket machine.

Unveiling a plaque stating she had "officially opened" the Elizabeth line, named in her honour, the monarch spent 10 minutes in the station before departing.

Queen Elizabeth's surprise outing comes after two public appearances made over the weekend - both for the Windsor Horse Show.

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The longest reigning head of state is just over two weeks away from her Platinum Jubilee celebratory weekend to celebrate 70 years as monarch.

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