Cash is not carried! After dealing with 'mobility challenges,' the Queen, 96, is shown how to top up an Oyster card during a surprise visit to Paddington Station to launch the Elizabeth line alongside Prince Edward

onbreakingnews | 17 may 2022

Dressed in sunshine yellow, the Queen arrived at Paddington at 11.32am, stepping carefully from the transparent lift while holding a walking stick and smiling warmly

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Her attendance was not publicly announced in advance, with the head of state facing ongoing mobility problems, but organisers were told there was a possibility she might be able to attend

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Meanwhile, Prince Edward was invited to stand in the driver's cab during the second leg of the journey back to Paddington and chatted with driver Carinne Spinola as the train moved

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'We're all incredibly touched and moved and grateful to her Majesty for coming to open the Elizabeth line today. It was fantastic to see her.' (Prime Minister)

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The Queen and Edward met staff who have been key to the project and who will run the railway, including train drivers, station staff and apprentices

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The Queen's public appearances are being closely watched as Britain prepares to celebrate the monarch's 70 years on the throne with four days of Platinum Jubilee festivities June 2-5

onbreakingnews | 17 may 2022