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UK's Prince Charles takes first Tube trip since 1986

Published on Jan 31, 2013 6:40 AM
Britain's Prince Charles (right) and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (left) travel on a Metropolitan underground train from Farringdon to London's Kings Cross as they mark 150 years of the London Underground on Jan 30, 2013. The London Underground was the world's first underground railway, then known as the Metropolitan Railway, unveiled its first stretch of track between Paddington and Farringdon on Jan 9, 1863, with passengers making their first journeys a day later. -- PHOTO : AFP 

LONDON (REUTERS) - Four million Londoners cram onto the city's Underground passenger railway nearly every day, but it is a rarer event for Prince Charles. He rode the British capital's bustling commuter network on Wednesday for the first time since 1986.

The heir to the British throne and his wife Camilla took a one-stop journey from Farringdon to King's Cross on the Metropolitan Line as part of celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary of a transport service affectionately known to Britons as the "Tube".

The short journey was a rare enough event to cause some confusion at the prince's press office, which initially said he had last ventured onto the Tube in 1979.

"This is just to let you know that it has come to our attention that The Prince of Wales has travelled on the London Underground more recently than 1979. In 1986 The Prince and Princess of Wales travelled by tube to Heathrow Airport to open Terminal 4," a spokesman said in an email to media.

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