Charles & Camilla on the tube

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall hopped on the tube today to mark the underground's 150th birthday.

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One's own Oyster card!

They're not exactly regular tube users, so commuters were rather surprised to see Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall underground this morning. The Royal couple swiped in using their own oyster cards, like the rest of us, but their journey was anything but average, as Rags Martel reports.

First joint tube trip for Charles and Camilla

Today's journey was the first ever joint tube trip for Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.

One's got a ticket to ride at Farringdon Station. Credit: Chris Jackson/PA Wire

Although both of them now qualify for an over-60s Freedom Pass, they were presented with commemorative Oyster cards topped up with £10 credit for the one stop journey from Farringdon to King's Cross.

A brand new train was used, which arrived at the platform empty. But members of the public boarded along with the royal couple - separated only by a group of policemen standing further down the carriage.

Charles and Camilla looked relaxed as they rode on the Metropolitan Line. Credit: Chris Jackson/PA Wire

When the royal couple arrived at King's Cross they were taken to "Platform nine and three quarters", a Harry-Potter themed attraction in the station.

In the books by JK Rowling, the "Hogwarts Express" steam train leaves from a secret platform, which witches and wizards reach by pushing a trolley through a wall.

But Charles and Camilla remained firmly in the land of the "muggles" or non-wizards.

Attempting to board the Hogwarts Express, at the fictional Platform nine and three quarters. Credit: Chris Jackson/PA Wire

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Charles hops on the tube with an Oyster card

Clarence House has tweeted pictures of Prince Charles using an Oyster card to pass through the ticket gates at Farringdon Station.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are visiting the station to mark the 150th birthday of the tube.

Prince Charles swipes his Oyster card to pass through the ticket barrier. Credit: Clarence House.

The royal couple were presented with special commemorative Oyster cards.

The Oyster cards celebrate the tube's 150th birthday. Credit: Clarence House.

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