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Queen Elizabeth: Surprise appearance at the opening of the “Elizabeth Line”

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Surprise appearance at the opening of the “Elizabeth” railway line

Queen Elizabeth visits Paddington Station in London on Tuesday May 17, 2022 to mark the completion of London’s Crossrail project.

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Spontaneous appearance of Queen Elizabeth! At the opening of the new “Elizabeth Line” railway line, the monarch was in a good mood at London’s Paddington Station.

Queen Elizabeth, 96, has been canceling important appointments and events more and more frequently in recent months due to her ongoing mobility problems. The joy is all the greater when the monarch makes a small surprise appearance on Tuesday morning, May 17, 2022.

Queen Elizabeth opens new railway line

The Queen appeared at the opening ceremony of the ‘Crossrail’, a new rail network at Paddington Station, one of London’s main railway stations. The £19 billion railway line, christened the Elizabeth Line in her honour, is due to begin passenger service on May 24, reports British broadcaster ITV News. Just two hours before the event, the 96-year-old’s participation in the opening ceremony was confirmed.

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Queen Elizabeth visits Paddington Station in London on Tuesday May 17, 2022 to mark the completion of London’s Crossrail project.

© empics | Andrew Matthews/Picture Alliance

Actually, she was supposed to open the route in December 2018. However, since it was far from finished, the opening was postponed indefinitely. Finally the time has come. Queen Elizabeth appeared in a sunshine yellow coat and matching hat alongside her youngest son, Prince Edward, 58.

Persistent health problems made participation doubtful

However, the Queen’s ongoing health problems cast doubt on her attendance today. After all, she even missed the opening of parliament last week. According to ITV News, the VIP guests at today’s train line opening have been told that their son, Prince Edward, is expected. A plaque with his name hung behind a purple curtain. However, at 10:15 it was replaced with a new shiny metal sign in the ticket hall. It reads: “Elizabeth Line. Officially opened by Her Majesty the Queen.”

Sources used: itv.com, twitter.com

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