Who needs public transportation when there are luxury cars and giant SUVs with blacked-out windows at your disposal? Certainly not Prince Charles or his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall. But in honour of the 150th anniversary of the London Underground, the world’s first subway system, Charles and Camilla joined transit officials and commuters for to ride one whole stop.
It’s been 27 years since the Prince of Wales was last seen on the Tube and the first time ever Charles and Camilla rode the underground system together.
Charles was photographed swiping his fare card as he and Camilla travelled from Farringdon station to King’s Cross on the Metropolitan line. But they weren’t trapped like sardines like the other commuters. The Royal couple had a car all to themselves for their three-minute trip.
According to Page Six, Charles was disappointed with the short journey, saying, “Just one stop?” when the train arrived at King’s Cross. He also joked that the car wasn’t crowded, reportedly saying, “We don’t want to alarm people” and when asked if he’d like to drive the train he said, “I will do as I’m told.”
The last time Prince Charles took the subway was in 1986 when he and the late Princess Diana travelled to Heathrow Airport to open a new terminal. Before that, he rode the Tube in April 1979 when he opened the first stage of the Jubilee line.