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The real Elizabeth Line taken by surprise by Crossrail announcement

Gemma Strong
Online Digital News Director
February 25, 2016
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When Elizabeth Line woke up to find her name trending on Twitter, she initially thought the worst. "I got a text from a girlfriend, and I was like, 'Oh no, what have I done? Am I going to embarrass my family and my friends?'" the New Yorker told BBC Five Live.However, upon further investigation she discovered her reputation was still intact – the Transport for London had announced they were going to name the new Crossrail Line in London after the Queen.

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The real Elizabeth Line has been enjoying her new-found fame

Mystery solved, Elizabeth decided to enjoy her brush with fame. She uploaded an image on Instagram of the Queen next to an 'Elizabeth Line' sign, and wrote: "What an amazing honour. Just wish the Queen would give it a rest with the photobombs."

Elizabeth also sent a funny tweet to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of New York: "Ok @MTA, your move."

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The New Yorker also sent a funny tweet to the MTA

Speaking to the indy100 of her initial reaction, Elizabeth – an employee at Conde Nast - said: "I wracked my brain to make sure I hadn’t done anything that would cause my family any embarrassment. Once I found out about the Crossrail naming, I settled comfortably into my 15 minutes.

"I'm looking forward to doing my part to calm the frustrations of stressed commuters in the future. I live in NYC, so I'm sympathetic. "The Queen visited the construction site of the new Crossrail service at Bond Street on Tuesday, and unveiled a plaque that revealed the new route across London will be called the Elizabeth Line in her honour.

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The Queen pictured at the Elizabeth Line construction site

It's thought Mayor Boris Johnson came up with the idea to name the £15billion route after the monarch. He said: "Queen Elizabeth has given extraordinary service to this country over an unprecedented period and it is entirely right that she should be honoured with a living tribute that will last for centuries. "Transport Secretary Patrick McCloughlin added: "Given Her Majesty's long association with UK transport, it is very fitting that this vital link across our capital will be named the Elizabeth Line in her honour."

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