Kate Middleton and the Queen joined forces on Wednesday morning at an event to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the London Underground. The Queen and her husband Prince Philip travelled with the pregnant royal to Baker Street tube station to mark the world”s oldest underground”s milestone occasion.
The Duchess of Cambridge wore a flared midnight blue coat by designer Malene Birger, a black beret and her trademark black suede court shoes.
The elegant monarch, who recently recovered from a bout of gastroenteritis, kept the winter chill at bay in a Karl Ludwig dress in summer tweed, matching coat and a striking Angela Kelly hat. The sprightly Duke of Edinburgh, 91, followed his wife and granddaughter-in-law into the station.
The royal veterans and Kate, who spent yesterday visiting the charity Child Bereavement UK with Prince William, met staff in the ticket hall before going underground to meet maintenance and train workers.
The trio will unveil a new plaque naming a new train “Queen Elizabeth II” and will be shown a restored carriage from 1892 and meet the restoration team.
The Queen is no stranger to the iconic Underground. Her Majesty”s most recent Tube visit took place in February 2010. The monarch met staff at Aldgate station and viewed a memorial plaque dedicated to the seven people who lost their lives there in the July 7, 2005 bombings.
In 1969 she got behind the wheel and drove a train when she opened the Victoria line. In 1977 she unveiled the Piccadilly link from central London to Heathrow airport.
She first travelled on the Tube in May 1939, four months after it opened, with Princess Margaret and her governess. It was a far cry from the sprawling network it is today. The first stretch of the tube to be built was the Metropolitan line and was less than 4 miles long.