The Queen visits her namesake Crossrail construction site

By Chloe Best

The Queen has had no shortage of honours in her longest-running reign, but the royal still seemed thrilled to a unveil a plaque revealing the route of the cross-London Elizabeth Line – named in her honour and featuring a bold-purple colour scheme. The unveiling took place at the construction site for the new Crossrail service on Tuesday (Feb. 23) at Bond Street.

The 89-year-old was perfectly colour co-ordinated for the occasion, wearing a purple coat and matching hat for a tour of the work being carried out at Bond Street station. She was joined by Transport Secretary Patrick McCloughlin and Mayor Boris Johnson, who came up with the idea to name the $30 billion route after the Queen.


The new Crossrail line has been named in honour of the Queen

Boris said of the decision: "Queen Elizabeth has given extraordinary service to this country over an unprecedented period and it is entirely right that she should be honoured with a living tribute that will last for centuries."

Meanwhile Patrick McCloughlin said: "Given Her Majesty's long association with UK transport, it is very fitting that this vital link across our capital will be named the Elizabeth Line in her honour."

The 89-year-old was perfectly colour co-ordinated for the occasion

The Queen joined the Mayor and Transport Secretary to see the work being carried out on the ticket hall, platform and tunnels, and was presented with a commemorative "Elizabeth" roundel. She also met with staff working on construction at the station, where over 225,000 passengers are expected to pass through every day.

The Queen toured the site in Bond Street on Tuesday

The route will officially open as the Elizabeth Line in December 2018, when the Crossrail service starts running through central London. It is a fitting honour for the Monarch, who became the first reigning Monarch to travel on the tube when she opened the Victoria line in 1969.

The Jubilee line was officially opened by Prince Charles in 1977 and was named to mark the Queen's 25 years on the throne.

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