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Queen meets Tube staff at Aldgate from 7/7 London bombings

PUBLISHED: 16:54 25 February 2010 | UPDATED: 15:38 05 October 2010

THE QUEEN VISITS  ALDGATE TUBE STATION TODAY
PICTURE JEREMY SELWYN
24/02/2010

THE QUEEN VISITS ALDGATE TUBE STATION TODAY PICTURE JEREMY SELWYN 24/02/2010

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PASSENGERS could hardly believe their eyes when they saw the well-dressed lady going through the ticket barrier at Aldgate station on the London Underground. She looked remarkably like the Queen

PASSENGERS could hardly believe their eyes when they saw the well-dressed lady (above) going through the ticket barrier at Aldgate station on the London Underground. She looked remarkably like the Queen...

The same lady was presented with her own personalised Underground logo with Buckingham Palace’ printed where station names normally go (below)....

THE Queen met transport officials at Aldgate on her tour of the City of London yesterday who were on duty the day seven passengers were killed at the station and hundreds injured during the 7/7 London suicide bombings in 2005.

She was greeted by Tom O’Riordan, former group station manager who was on duty at the time, and shown the plaque dedicated to those who died.

Tom revealed afterwards: “The Queen said the bombing wasn’t something you would expect to happen. She was thankful for everything we had done.”

The seven who died at Aldgate when a Circle Line train was wrecked were among 52 lives lost across London that day when four suicide bombings were carried out.

The Aldgate station staff also presented the Queen with the famous Underground logo.

LU chief operating officer Howard Collins said: “The Queen thought it was a fantastic gift. There was a big smile on her face.”

There is, of course, no such station called Buckingham Palace’. But the Queen was delighted with the logo just the same.

The visit was part of her tour of the Square Mile, which included the Gherkin office block near Tower Hill with its stunning skyline view.

The Royal limmo was then meant to whisk her on to see the control room at Tower Bridge when it broke down. The vintage Bentley, a gift to mark her Golden Jubilee in 2002, wouldn’t start and she had to get out.

The Queen looked a bit stunned. An aide told her she had to use the police Range Rover escort to continue the tour.


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