Queen Elizabeth Makes Surprise Appearance at Opening of New London Train Line
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II made a surprise public appearance at the opening of a long-awaited train line in London on Tuesday.
The monarch, walking with a stick, wore a bright yellow outfit and hat at Paddington station, in west London, to open the Elizabeth line, which is named in her honor.
She was given a pre-paid Oyster travel card at the event on Tuesday, but did not use the train line herself.
The Queen attended with her son, Prince Edward, and was welcomed by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and London mayor Sadiq Khan.
The 96-year-old monarch has been suffering from mobility issues and canceled several appearances in recent months, including the opening of Parliament last week.
Opening Parliament is a key constitutional responsibility and can’t happen without the monarch. The Queen had to delegate that responsibility to Charles, Prince of Wales and William, Duke of Cambridge, who are counsellors of state.