Queen officially opens new Elizabeth Line Tube with surprise appearance

THE Queen topped up her Oyster card during a surprise appearance to the London Underground this morning.

Her Majesty, who wore a yellow coat and hat, beamed as she joined her youngest son Edward for the opening of the new Elizabeth line at Paddington Station.

It had been believed the Earl of Wessex would be the only member of the Royal Family to mark the occasion this morning.

But royal fans will be delighted to learn the monarch looked particularly spry and cheerful as she joined Edward for the very special event.

She was seen carrying a walking aid as she met Crossrail and Elizabeth Line workers, including apprentices, drivers and station staff.

Boris Johnson, London mayor Sadiq Khan and Transport Secretary Grant Shapps are also visiting the station to celebrate this morning.

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Edward is set to unveil a plaque and buy the very first ticket using a commemorative Oyster card.

He will then go down to the tracks to learn about the design of the new stations.

The visit will end with the royal boarding a train to Tottenham Court Road before returning to Paddington.

Her Majesty's appearance in the capital this morning comes just two days after she got her Jubilee celebrations off to a flying start.

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The 96-year-old, who has suffered with mobility problems recently, looked spry as she got out of a Range Rover unaided before walking the red carpet at Windsor Castle.

She was hailed by screen idol Tom Cruise, 59, who said at the star-studded TV event: “What she has accomplished has been historic.”

Dame Helen Mirren, who played Her Majesty in 2006 film The Queen, Billions actor Damian Lewis, Bridgerton’s Adjoa Andoh and TV gardener Alan Titchmarsh were also at the star-studded event.

But the Queen looked unimpressed as Dame Helen delivered a speech as Elizabeth I.

And she had a cheeky response when Omid Djalili made a crack about her decision to pull out of the State Opening of Parliament.

The head of state appeared far more moved when her 18-year-old granddaughter Lady Louise drove Prince Philip’s carriage around the arena for the finale of the Royal Windsor Horse Show.

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Her eyes glistened with tears as she watched the procession.

The show was a favourite for her late husband, who died last year at the age of 99.

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