The Prince and Princess of Wales stunned passengers by jumping on the Tube to head to the pub where they enjoyed a lunchtime pint.
The royal couple caught the Elizabeth Line for the fist time at Acton today and went three stops to Tottenham Court Road to attend the engagement in Soho.
On arriving at Acton station, the couple tapped in at the ticket barriers with Oyster cards before making their way down to the platform – and while on the London Underground, they met with Transport For London workers to hear about how they’re preparing for a busy weekend.
At one point Kate was asked about Charles’ coronation on Saturday and replied: “Yes, it’s going to be a busy time. We’re getting there. I still feel like we’re trying to get ducks in a row.”
They alighted the Elizabeth Line, named after William’s late grandmother, at Tottenham Court Road, where they walked past shocked passengers and took the escalator to the station’s new Dean Street exit.
However, Kate, dressed in a recycled Eponine London red coat, appeared to commit a faux pas by standing on the left of the escalator, when guidance says passengers should stand on the right.
Leaving the station, they then completed the short walk to the Dog and Duck pub, where they were seen enjoying pints as well as meeting members of staff from other businesses in the area preparing for the Coronation weekend.
Afterwards, they spent time meeting the hundreds of members of the public, who gathered outside the pub and posed for selfies with wellwishers.
The hospitality industry is hoping for a bumper weekend thanks to the coronation, and the couple met representatives from the industry based in the Soho area.
The Dog and Duck is part of the Nicholson’s group, which has several pubs across the UK and is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year.
The couple’s trip to the pub comes ahead of a busy few days for the royals with the Coronation of King Charles now just two days away.
Yesterday, they were spotted at Westminster Abbey with their three children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis to take part in a rehearsal for the big day.
They joined King Charles, Queen Camila and Princess Anne for the run through of Saturday’s historical event.
The whole family looked relaxed and happy as they arrived, chatting to members of the church at the front door before heading inside.
George dressed in a smart blue suit while Charlotte, who celebrated her eighth birthday on Monday, wore a blue dress and cardigan. Camilla arrived in a car with two of her grandchildren, who will have starring roles at pages in the Coronation.