Arriving at Farringdon tube station in their Bentley this morning, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were handed special edition Oyster cards (tube passes) for a ride to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the London Underground.
According to the Daily Mail, Farringdon Station was one of the first to be built in 1863 and is known as “the birthplace” of the tube.
The Mail (and a few other outlets) noticed that the train that the couple took was clean, on time and air conditioned, something that is not always true of public transportation (can I get an amen?).
Charles was shown how to scan his electronic card for entrance to the station by an underground executive, and really seemed to enjoy his authentic commuter experience.
They should have stuffed the car with smelly strangers and douche bags with blaring headphones to achieve that authentic experience.
The Oyster card, it is believed, will be retained by the Royal Collection for future display. It was topped off especially for the Prince of Wales and Camilla, even though they only rode one stop, getting off at King’s Cross and back to their standard mode of transportation.
The last time Prince Charles took public transportation was 26 years ago, when he and the late Princess of Wales opened Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 4.