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Prince Charles, Camilla take Tube to mark 150th anniversary of London Underground

LONDON, Jan. 31 — Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall took a ride on the Tube on Wednesday, as part of celebration for the 150th anniversary of London Underground.

Joining some underground staff, they started from the Farringdon station, which was part of the original underground network built in 1863 as the "birthplace of the Tube."

They retraced the original 1963 route to the King's Cross station, which was made popular by the Platform 9 3/4 from Harry Potter.

Construction at the station was underway. There they saw the final pieces of green canopy were being torn down to reveal for the first time in over 150 years the Grade I listed Victorian station facade, a structure designed by Lewis Cubitt.

Mike Brown, managing director of London Underground and London Rail, said it was an honor to have the prince and the duchess to mark the 150th anniversary of London Underground.

"As we mark the anniversary, we are also building for the future – transforming stations and replacing trains, signals and track," he said, adding that the new air-conditioned trains the prince and the duchess experienced is to serve 40 percent of the Tube network. (PNA/Xinhua)


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