The Royal Trio arrived at Baker Street London Underground station in two separate cars. The Duke of Edinburgh and Her Majesty travelled in the State Bentley and the Duchess of Cambridge travelled in another car, just behind the Bentley.
As part of celebrations for the London Underground’s 150th anniversary, the three royals visited the station. Today’s engagements was The Queen’s first full engagement for around 3 weeks, since she fell ill with gastroenteritis.
They were greeted by the Lord Lieutenant for the area and met members of staff at the station on the way.
Baker Street was part of the first stretch of the world-famous Tube network which ran between Paddington and Farringdon and opened on January 9, 1863, when it was known as the Metropolitan Railway.
It has been transformed over the past 150 years and Baker Street today is a busy central London station.
Whilst there today, the Duchess of Cambridge was given a badge by a member of London Underground’s management which said ‘Baby on Board’, an obvious allusion to the Duchess’s impending birth. The badges, available from Transport for London, are designed to overcome the awkwardness often felt by pregnant women of having to ask someone to give up their seat.
The staff member said later to reporters of the badges, “she asked me ‘How do they work?’ and I said they’re fantastic, they really do make a difference – saves men the embarrassment of having to guess if a woman is pregnant.”
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Note: For those involved in our Twitter discussion this morning about the lack of information on today’s engagement, this was due to a press embargo on info for the engagement until 8am this morning.