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Kate Middleton presented with Baby on board badge during 150th anniversary Tube visit


 

 

There was a royal baby on board the Tube today as the Duchess of Cambridge joined the Queen for a visit to the London Underground.


Kate, whose five-and-a-half months baby bump could just be seen through her Malene Birger coat, laughed when she was presented with a “Baby on board!” badge at Baker Street station.


Turning to the Queen she said: “I’ll make sure I wear it at home.”


Earlier Kate also told tube boss Howard Collins: “I used to use the Tube on a regular basis.


“I miss travelling on the Tube.”


The visit, to mark 150 years of the Underground, was a chance for the Queen, 86, and Prince Philip, 91, to show Kate, 31, the ropes as she continues to carve out her role as a senior member of the Royal Family.


It is the fourth time Kate has been invited to join the Queen and sources said the Queen likes to include her granddaughter-in-law “from time to time”.


Today was the Queen’s first public outing since being hospitalised for 24 hours with the symptoms of gastroenteritis at the beginning of this month, although she has continued with her work inside Buckingham Palace.


Some onlookers commented she looked pale and slightly tired when she appeared wearing a cream Karl Ludwig coat and matching Angela Kelly hat, but she was chatty and smiley throughout the 30-minute visit. 


The trio of royals arrived at the famous station at 11.10am as astonished crowds gathered on nearby platforms.


They toured a restored 1982 tube train before being escorted through a brand new train which the Queen unveiled a plaque to name Queen Elizabeth II.


Then London Underground’s Chief Operating Officer Howard Collins presented them with Oyster cards and said: “Now we have an extra present for the Duchess.”


Holding up the badge he said, to laughter: “This says ‘Baby on board!’.”


He said afterwards: “Kate said ‘Oh yes I’ve seen this before’. She used to travel the Tube so she probably saw them then.


“She asked me ‘How do they work?’ and I said they’re fantastic, they really do make a difference - saves men the embarrassment of having to guess if a woman is pregnant.


“She asked so many great questions of the staff and seemed really interested our work.


“She said she used to use the Tube on a regular basis and said she misses travelling on the Tube.”


On Friday, Kate will spend the day volunteering with Scouts in Cumbria to highlight her work as a Scout volunteer.


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