This week, it seems as though the British royal family is on a mission to prove they are just like the rest of us. First, the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, went through the anguish that millions of women before her have experienced when she got her high heel stuck in a grate. And now, it appears as though Queen Elizabeth is trying to one-up her by taking public transportation like a true commoner.
On Wednesday, the Queen was spotted at the King’s Lynn train station in Norfolk, England where she boarded a train to head home to London. She had been in the area for the last few weeks, first celebrating the holidays with friends and family at her home in Sandringham and then quietly celebrating the 66th anniversary of her ascension to the throne.
As she entered the platform, onlookers appeared to be shocked by the sight of the reigning royal just moseying on by.
Though really it’s no surprise Queen Elizabeth was the center of attention at the train station. She was, after all, wearing her signature bright colors, which the Queen’s daughter-in-law Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, previously explained is a calculated fashion choice to make sure she stands out.
"She needs to stand out for people to be able to say, 'I saw the Queen,'" Sophie shared in the documentary "The Queen at 90." "Don't forget that when she turns up somewhere, the crowds are two, three, four, 10, 15 deep, and someone wants to be able to say they saw a bit of the Queen's hat as she went past."
Moreover, the Queen commanded attention by walking squarely through the center of the train platform’s doors. And this confidence-boosting tip came from her own mother, who once told her that by walking through the center of a doorframe you can command any room.
She also was the center of attention because she’s, you know, the Queen of England walking into a public place with photographers snapping photos of her every move. But everyone’s still happy she put in the effort to stand out anyway.