Charles and Camilla Go Underground

Charles and Camilla were on hand today to officially open the National Grid’s London Power Tunnels project, a 32km electricity superhighway deep beneath London’s streets that supplies electricity to the capital.

Today’s visit saw Their Royal Highnesses touring the substation and meeting staff as well as local community members. Charles opted to go further underground to tour the power tunnel whilst Camilla chose to stay above ground and visited the substation.

Prince Charles 104 feet underground.  Photo: @chrisshipitv

Although not joining her husband, The Duchess was able to view the tunnels below through an access shaft.

In February 2011, National Grid began a seven-year project to rewire the capital through deep underground tunnels to meet the growing electricity demand. The London Power Tunnels project has generated a 32km electricity superhighway deep below the city’s streets, helping to keep Londoners connected to safe and reliable electricity supplies.

The project has seen over 200km of cable installed in the tunnel network. The system stretches from Willesden in west London to Hackney in the east, and south from Kensal Green to Wimbledon.

The project will be finished and fully functional later this year.

Following their tours, Charles and Camilla officially opened the Power Tunnels Project and attended a reception for guests.

“I’ve Got the Power” by Snap was played when Charles and Camilla pressed the button to officially open the project today. Photo: @chrisshipitv

TRH’s also took some time to chat with schoolchildren who toured the National Grid’s education centre. The centre was created to inspire young people to discover more about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects. Charles is a long time supporter of encouraging children into taking an active interest in STEM subjects.

Photo Credit: Chris Ship @chrisshipitv

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