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Queen Elizabeth makes surprise appearance to mark new London subway line

Queen Elizabeth, who at age 96 has reduced most of her public engagements, made a surprise visit Tuesday to a train station in central London to see a newly completed subway line named in her honour.

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Queen Elizabeth uses an Oyster card ticket machine during her visit to Paddington Station in London on Tuesday, to mark the completion of London's Crossrail project, ahead of the opening of the new Elizabeth Line rail service next week. (Andrew Matthews/AFP/Getty Images)

Queen Elizabeth made a surprise visit Tuesday to a train station in central London to see a newly completed subway line named in her honour.

The 96-year-old monarch, who has reduced most of her public engagements, appeared Tuesday at Paddington Station to see the east-west Elizabeth Line, which is due to open to the public on May 24.

Calling the event "a happy development," Buckingham Palace said "the organizers were informed of the possibility she may attend."

The Queen, who wore a sunshine yellow outfit with matching hat, was joined by her youngest son, Prince Edward, for the official visit. She was seen smiling as she toured the station with a cane in hand.

The monarch made her first public appearance in weeks on Friday when she attended the Royal Windsor Horse Show, watching her beloved equines perform.

Her public appearances are being closely watched as Britain prepares to celebrate the monarch's 70 years on the throne with four days of Platinum Jubilee festivities June 2-5.

Last week, she asked her son and heir to the throne Prince Charles to preside over the state opening of Parliament and deliver the Queen's Speech, which lays out the government's legislative program.

Palace officials have said she is experiencing "episodic mobility problems" in recent months and has difficulties moving around.

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