Watch out for the cobblestones of Coronation Street, Your Majesty!
Three months after the death of her husband, Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II returned to public appearances with beaming smiles, strolling the set of “Coronation Street” in Manchester on Thursday to mark the 60th anniversary of the drama series La oldest in the world.
Then she went to Manchester Cathedral Church to unveil a plaque and meet people from the North West of England who have helped support their community during the past 18 months of the COVID-19 pandemic .
Dressed in a striking teal coat and hat, the Queen looked elated as she met veteran cast and crew members, walked along famous cobbled Coronation Street (a reference to her coronation of 1953) and was visiting the studio where the interior of the Rovers Return pub is filmed.
According to The Associated Press and The Guardian, actress Kate Spencer, who plays Grace Vickers, warned the Queen that it was difficult to walk the cobblestones of the setting, although some of the women the Queen met wore black and white dress anyway very high heels, judging by the photos.
Looking at her own sensible shoes, the Queen replied, “No, I know. We told me. It would probably be better than not. Organizers rolled out a red carpet the 95-year-old monarch can walk on.
The Queen also entered the pub on the set during the 40-minute tour, her second on the set of “Coronation Street”; the first time was in the early 1980s at the series’ original studios in Manchester.
She told the cast that it was “really wonderful that you were able to carry on” during the pandemic as she took the time to chat with the backstage staff, including the writers, cameramen, set designers and engineers. his.
“Ma’am, you kept it up,” replied actor William Roache, who holds the record for the oldest soap star in the world, having played Ken Barlow since the first episode.
The show’s 60th anniversary was in December last year when England was locked down due to the pandemic, according to Buckingham Palace, so it was a delayed royal visit. Britain will celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee marking her 70th birthday on her throne next year.
The people the Queen met seemed equally delighted to see her. Roache said the royal visit was a “wonderful icing on the cake”.
“She is just smiling. She listens, she always has and loves to be made to laugh, ”said Roache. “I have been fortunate enough to meet her several times and she is always lovely, and a laugh is never far away.”
The show, which focuses on the daily lives of ordinary residents of the fictional town of Weatherfield, in the north of England, is Britain’s most beloved soap opera series, with a huge fan base building since over 60 years old.
“More than 10,000 episodes later, the program has seen 57 births, 146 deaths and 131 marriages,” the palace statement said during the visit. “‘Coronation Street’ broadcasts six episodes per week, filming the equivalent of nearly two feature films each week, and airs in 105 countries around the world.”
But the Queen admitted she didn’t always have time to watch. Speaking to the cast members, she confessed that she was unfamiliar with all of the characters and storylines.
“I couldn’t see him all the time. Are you all nice? She asked a group of actors.
The scheduled visit was the Queen’s most recent public appearance since the death of her 73-year-old husband and since the cautious lifting of some pandemic restrictions in the UK.
In recent weeks, she has been seen leading engagements in Scotland during the annual Royal Week and hosting (along with other senior royals) world leaders including President Joe Biden, at a Group of Seven summit in Cornwall, southwest England.