Queen and Catherine visit Baker Street Tube station

  • 20 March 2013
  • From the section London
The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh and the Duchess of Cambridge at Baker Street
Image caption The royal party viewed a restored 1892 carriage and a new S7 train

The Queen has visited Baker Street Underground station to celebrate the Tube's 150th anniversary - her first public engagement in more than a week.

The Duke of Edinburgh and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge joined her.

The duchess was given a badge reading "Baby on board" during her visit, which she placed on her jacket.

The royals saw a restored 1892 carriage at Baker Street, which was part of the first stretch of the network which opened in January 1863.

Sir Peter Hendy, commissioner of Transport for London, London Underground's managing director Mike Brown and its chief operating officer Howard Collins greeted the royal party.

'Great honour'

The Queen, who recently suffered symptoms of gastroenteritis, last visited a Tube station in 2010.

Receiving the badge from Mr Collins, Catherine said: "I'll make sure I wear this at home."

Media captionThe Duchess of Cambridge appeared happy to receive a 'Baby on Board' badge

On the Queen's last visit to a Tube station in February 2010, she travelled to Aldgate to meet staff and view a memorial plaque dedicated to the seven people killed there during the 7 July 2005 bombings.

Her first Tube journey was in May 1939 as a 13-year-old princess, accompanied by her sister Princess Margaret and governess, Marion Crawford.

During the trip to Baker Street, the royal party met ticket, maintenance and train staff, including people involved in the restoration of rolling stock.

Devon Wordsworth, a Metropolitan Line driver, said: "After 30 years' service, it's a great honour get to shake hands with the Queen."

The guests were shown the plush red velvet interior of the 1892 carriage, Metropolitan Railway Jubilee Carriage No 353, which is the oldest operational Tube carriage.

'Reconnecting with history'

The carriage, which was used as a garden shed and a tailor's workshop after it went out of service, was restored at Ffestiniog Railway for the 150th anniversary.

Broadcaster Wesley Kerr, the Heritage Lottery Fund's London chairman, said: "I saw the carriage at the (London Transport Museum) depot at Acton and it was completely derelict.

Image caption The Queen gets off a parked train as part of her tour of Baker Street station
Image caption One of the more recent times the Queen was at an Underground station was to open the Piccadilly Line extension to Heathrow Central station in 1977
Image caption The duchess, whose first child is due in July, was given a baby on board badge
Image caption Receiving a badge similar to this one from London Underground chief operating officer Howard Collins, Catherine said: "I'll make sure I wear this at home"
Image caption The Queen was also joined on the visit to mark 150 years of the Tube by the Duke of Edinburgh

"We just thought it should be reanimated and it's a wonderful way of reconnecting with history."

The Queen, Prince Philip and the duchess also walked through a new S7 train before the Queen unveiled a plaque, naming the train Queen Elizabeth II.

They were all given Oyster cards to mark their visit.

The royal party also met staff from the Railway Children charity, an international organisation which helps homeless youngsters.

The last time the Queen was seen at an official event was an engagement on 11 March when she signed the Commonwealth's new charter.

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