Beaming Queen’s opening of Elizabeth Line so last minute TFL replaced plaque

The Queen's visit to see the opening of the new Elizabeth tube line earlier today (Tuesday, May 17) was such a surprise that the official unveiling plaque was changed around an hour before the event.

News of Her Majesty's appearance broke around 30 minutes before the event officially took place.

The new Transport for London line was due to be opened by her son, the Earl of Wessex Prince Edward.

Royal expert Richard Palmer tweeted: “There was a major clue an hour and a quarter before Edward was due to arrive when Transport for London removed the plaque saying he had opened it and replaced it with one eight inches lower bearing the Queen’s name.

“She looks great.”

And a Buckingham Palace spokesman said shortly before the event took place: “In a happy development, Her Majesty The Queen is attending today's event to mark the completion of the Elizabeth line.

“Her Majesty was aware of the engagement and the organisers were informed of the possibility she may attend.”

The Daily Star has contacted TfL to confirm the late plaque change news.

Having arrived to a hastily arranged fanfare, the Queen was welcomed and shown around by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and TfL commissioner Andy Byford.

The tour began with the Queen meeting the staff who led the project for the new tube line, and she was then given an Oyster card to use which had been topped up with £5 for the special occasion.

She was given a quick how-to guide on the use of an Oyster card, before unveiling the plaque.

It read: “Officially opened by Her Majesty The Queen on Tuesday 17 May 2022 during Her Majesty The Queen's Platinum Jubilee.”

Royal correspondent Richard Palmer added: “Royal fashion note for those like me who follow these things closely.

“The Queen is wearing a sunshine yellow double-wool crepe coat by Stewart Parvin with an A-line silk dress in shades of yellow, royal blue and turquoise.

“Rachel Trevor-Morgan hat – Singapore brooch .”

However, despite opening the new line, she didn't ride it.

Prince Edward became the first official passenger of the line, taking the journey a few stops down to Tottenham Court Road and back.

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