We may not have gotten Prince Harry, but at least we got his double-decker.
An iconic double-decker bus hailing from across the pond arrived with full fanfare in Boston Wednesday, just a few weeks after it escorted British Prime Minister David Cameron and Prince Harry around New York.
The bus, one of the red two-story behemoths that have become synonymous with London, had been brought to Boston was to provide bus tours to “promote Britain as a world class destination for trade, tourism and investment,” according to a statement from the British consulate in Boston.
The double-decker also features green diesel-electric hybrid technology, and produces half of the emissions of a conventional bus. In the next few years, all of London’s double-deckers will be hybrids — a trend that Massachusetts transportation officials have sought to emulate in recent years.
The bus took passengers on a spin around Back Bay with stops at local branches of British businesses — Ted Baker and French Connection, obviously, as well as Chocolat. Burberry was also on the list of stops, though that apparently got scratched because First Lady Michelle Obama was next door at the Taj Boston, stumping for Senate candidate Representative Edward J. Markey .
After Boston, its next destination will be Cartagena, Colombia. Over the course of the next year, it will be making appearances on four continents and in 16 countries, including Russia, India, and South Korea.
George Denning, the driver of the bus, said he had to get used to driving on the wrong side of the road. So did the passengers—many stepped off the sidewalk and tried to board on the bus’ right side, only to realize their mistake.
“They want to get on,” he said, “but they can’t!”