Queen travelled on the London Underground in 1969

Mind the gap, Ma’am! Royal Family shares throwback snaps of the Queen travelling on the London Underground in 1969 (and she even bought a ticket!)

  • The Queen travelled on the London Underground Victoria line in March 1969
  • The Queen officially opened the line before riding from Oxford Circus to Victoria
  • Royal Family shared throwback photos of the outing on their Instagram account 
  • Snaps celebrated Prince Charles and Camilla’s Transport Museum engagement

The Royal Family has shared fascinated photos showing the Queen riding the London Underground in the 1960s.

The Queen, then aged 42, travelled on the Tube in March 1969 as part of an engagement to officially open the new Victoria line. 

Colourised photographs from the outing were shared on the Royal Family Instagram account yesterday to mark Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall’s visit to the London Transport Museum on its 20th anniversary. 

The Royal Family has shared fascinated photos showing the Queen riding the London Underground in 1969. Pictured, the Queen buying a ticket before boarding the Victoria line

The photos show the Queen buying a ticket before making her way through the barrier and down the escalator to the Tube platform. 

They were shared with the caption: ‘The Queen became the first reigning Monarch to travel on the London Underground when she opened the Victoria line in 1969. 

‘These photos show The Queen buying a ticket at Green Park Station. The Victoria Line was London’s first completely new underground railway for 60 years.’

The Queen, then aged 42, travelled on the Tube in March 1969 as part of an engagement to officially open the new Victoria line. Pictured, passing through the ticket barrier

The Queen officially opened the line before riding two stops from Oxford Circus, in central London, to Victoria train station.

During the journey the Queen took control of the train in the driver’s cab while at Green Park – the closes stop to her home at Buckingham Palace. 

It was the Queen’s second trip underground, the first had come in 1939 when she was 13 with her governess Marion Crawford and Princess Margaret.

The Queen officially opened the line before riding two stops from Oxford Circus, in central London, to Victoria train station. Pictured, the Queen on the escalator to the platform

She has since ridden on the London Underground on a number of occasions. 

In 1977 as she opened up part of an extension to the Picadilly Line and travelled between Hatton Cross and Heathrow on the train.

Her most recent trip underground was a visit to Aldgate station in 2010, to view a plaque in honour of those killed in the July 7 bombings in 2005.

The photos were shared to mark Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall’s visit to the London Transport Museum on its 20th anniversary. Pictured, boarding the bus to the museum

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