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The Queen visits the sets of EastEnders, Coronation Street and Emmerdale

The Queen visited the sets of the UK’s biggest soaps over her tenure on the throne (Picture: PA)

Queen Elizabeth II paid a number of visits to the sets of the nation’s biggest soap operas during her remarkable 70 year reign.

Her Majesty died peacefully on Thursday at the age of 96 at her Scottish home in Balmoral, after an incredible seven decade tenure on the throne.

News of her death came after it was announced that she was under medical supervision and ‘comfortable’.

Buckingham Palace said in a statement at around 6.30pm: ‘The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.’

Celebrities from across the globe paid tribute to the Queen in the wake of her death and TV schedules have been altered, with popular soaps EastEnders, Emmerdale and Coronation Street being pulled on Thursday.

The Queen visited the sets of the aforementioned soaps at various points throughout her career, with her latest visit to soapland being just over a year ago.

Coronation Street in 1982

The Queen first visited the set of Coronation Street back in 1982 (Picture: PA)

The Queen meets members of 'Coronation Street' in the TV street in Manchester.

The Queen met with a number of the show’s cast at the time (Picture: PA)

Her Majesty’s first trip to the land of all-things serial drama came in 1982, when Coronation Street – which was hugely popular at the time – moved production to a new outdoor set.

The Queen and Prince Phillip arrived on the set on May 5 of the year in question to declare the set officially open.

They subsequently toured the eponymous street, meeting show creator Tony Warren, producer Bill Podmore, writer H.V. Kershaw, as well various cast members of the ITV soap, including Eileen Derbyshire (Emily Bishop), William Roache (Ken Barlow) and Anne Kirkbride (Deirdre Barlow), who all stood outside their characters’ respective houses.

The event was considered so significant at the time that it was broadcast live on ITV in a programme titled The Queen in Coronation Street.

EastEnders in 2001


File photo dated 28/11/2001 of Queen Elizabeth II meeting Barbara Windsor inside the Queen Vic during her visit to Elstree Studios where Eastenders is filmed. The two have met again at Buckingham Palace when the Queen made Barbara Windsor a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

The Queen stopped by EastEnders in 2001 (Picture: PA)

Queen Elizabeth ventured into the world of soap once more on November 28, 2001 when she and Prince Phillip paid a visit to the set of EastEnders, which was enjoying one of its best ever periods at the time – both storyline-wise and popularity-wise.

The Royal couple were given a 45-minute tour of Albert Square, Walford, and the surrounding areas by none other than Peggy Mitchell star Barbara Windsor and Wendy Richard, who portrayed Pauline Fowler in the iconic soap.


The Queen during her visit, to Elstree Studios where the famous British soap EastEnders is filmed. During the tour, the Queen viewed the studio where the interior shots of the Queen Vic are filmed, accompanied by long standing cast member Barbara Windsor. * and met with other members from the show.

The Queen met various members of the cast including Pam St Clement, who played Pat Butcher (Picture: PA)

THE QUEEN MEETS PAM ST CLEMENT (PAT EVANS) AND OTHER CAST MEMBERS L-R DEAN GAFFNEY (ROBBIE), MICHELLE RYAN (ZOE SLATER), KACEY AINSWORTH (LITTLE MO SLATER), LAILA MORSE (MO SLATER), DEREK MARTIN (CHARLIE SLATER), TAMZIN OUTHWAITE (MELANIE / MEL) AND BARBARA WINDSOR (PEGGY MITCHELL) IN THE BAR OF THE QUEEN VIC. Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh during their visit, today November 28 2001, to Elstree Studios where the famous British television soap opera Eastenders is filmed. The Queen was accompanied on the tour by long standing cast member Barbara Windsor (Peggy Mitchell) as they walked through Albert Square and past the Queen Vic . PICTURE JEREMY SELWYN ? Evening Standard / eyevine Contact eyevine for more information about using this image: T: +44 (0) 20 8709 8709 E: info@eyevine.com http://www.eyevine.com

Dean Gaffney (Robbie), Michelle Ryan (Zoe), Kacey Ainsworth (Little Mo), Laila Morse (Big Mo), Charlie (Derek Martin) and Tamzin Outhwaite (Mel Owen) were all present (Picture: Evening Standard / eyevine)

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh during their visit to Elstree Studios where the famous British soap opera EastEnders is filmed.

Wendy Richard and Barbara Windsor gave Queen Elizabeth II a tour of Albert Square and the surrounding areas (Picture: PA)

The Queen during her visit, to Elstree Studios where the famous British soap EastEnders is filmed. The Queen was accompanied by long standing cast member Barbara Windsor, who plays Peggy Mitchell and she met in the make up room June Brown, who plays Dot Cotton.

Dot Cotton legend June Brown, pictured with Barbara, met with The Queen during her visit to Walford (Picture: PA)

Barbara said at the time: ‘I know she isn’t an EastEnders fan but it’s lovely she’s here. I am a royalist – I love the Prince of Wales – and Camilla watches EastEnders.’

The Queen was pictured behind the bar of The Queen Vic with Barbara and Steve McFadden, who plays Peggy’s on-screen son Phil Mitchell.

What a truly incredible moment.

Emmerdale in 2002


Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (right) watches with actress Elizabeth Estensen (who plays Diane Blackwood) as the post office goes up in flames during a visit to the set of the Yorkshire Soap opera, Emmerdale on her Golden Jubilee tour of Britain.

The Queen was unfazed as the post office was blown up as part of a storyline (Picture: PA)

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II witnesses the village post office going up in flames, during a visit to the set of the Yorkshire Soap opera, Emmerdale, on her Golden Jubilee tour of Britain. * The Queen visited the programme makers' permanent set at the Harewood House estate near Leeds, to meet the cast and watch filming.

The monarch watched the scenes unfold (Picture: PA)

Emmerdale received a visit from The Queen the very following year, when she arrived in the not-so-sleepy little village in 2002.

Much like her visit to Walford, the monarch was given a tour of the ITV soap’s set, which lasted 40 minutes, and she he was shown the bed and breakfast, and of course, the serial drama’s signature pub The Woolpack.

The show’s post office was blown up while The Queen was present as part of as storyline, and while Elizabeth Estensen – who played Diane Sugden, pictured above – was taken aback by the explosion, Queen Elizabeth was reportedly unfazed.


Britain's Queen Elizabeth II chats to actors (l-r) Stan Richards (Seth Armstrong), Paula Tilbrook (Betty Eggleston), Deena Payne (Viv Hope) and Antony Audenshaw (Bob Hope) during a visit to the set of the Yorkshire Soap opera, Emmerdale, on her Golden Jubilee tour of Britain. * The Queen arrived at the programme makers' permanent set at the Harewood House estate near Leeds to witness the village post office going up in flames.

Queen Elizabeth II chatted to actors Stan Richards (Seth Armstrong), Paula Tilbrook (Betty Eagleton), Deena Payne (Viv Hope) and Tony Audenshaw (Bob Hope) (Picture: PA)

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II leaves the Woolpack Inn during a visit to the set of the Yorkshire soap opera, Emmerdale, on her Golden Jubilee tour of Britain. *... The Queen arrived at the programme makers' permanent set at the Harewood House estate near Leeds to witness the village post office going up in flames.

The Royal pictured outside Emmerdale’s signature pub The Woolpack during her visit to the show’s set (Picture: PA)

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II walks through the streets of Emmerdale during a visit to the set of the Yorkshire Soap opera, Emmerdale, on her Golden Jubilee tour of Britain. * The Queen arrived at the programme makers' permanent set at the Harewood House estate near Leeds to witness the village post office going up in flames.

The Queen’s visit to Emmerdale came around the same time as her Golden Jubilee (Picture: PA)

‘She was cool as a cucumber when the explosion went off’ said Mark Charnock, who plays Marlon Dingle. ‘The rest of us jumped out of our skins.’

The Monarch spoke to several of the show’s actors, including Stan Richards (Seth Armstrong), Paula Tilbrook (Betty Eagleton), Deena Payne (Viv Hope) and Tony Audenshaw (Bob Hope).

Paula Tilbrook said at the time that, while knowing The Queen Mother watched Emmerdale, she didn’t want to ask if Queen Elizabeth herself did, as she thought it might be a bit ’embarrassing’.

Coronation Street in 2021


FILE - In this July 8, 2021 file photo Britain's Queen Elizabeth II visits the set of the long running television series Coronation Street, in Manchester, England. Queen Elizabeth II, Britain???s longest-reigning monarch and a rock of stability across much of a turbulent century, has died. She was 96. Buckingham Palace made the announcement in a statement on Thursday Sept. 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell, File)

The Queen returned to Coronation Street last year (Picture: AP)

Her Majesty would set foot on the cobbles again on July 8, 2021 – 40 years after the previous visit.

She took a stroll down the cobbled streets of Weatherfield, met some of the longest-serving cast members and even paid a visit to the Rovers Return.

The Queen was welcomed by ITV chairman Sir Peter Bazlegette and managing director of continuing drama, John Whiston.


MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 08: Queen Elizabeth II meets actors William Roache, fourth right, Barbara Knox, third right, Sue Nicholls and Helen Worth, right, during a visit to the set of the long running television series Coronation Street, on July 8, 2021 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Scott Heppell - WPA Pool/Getty Images))

The monarch walked the famous cobbles for the first time in 40 years (Picture: Getty)

Queen Elizabeth II meets actors William Roache, fourth right, Barbara Knox, third right, Sue Nicholls and Helen Worth, right, during a visit to the set of the long running television series Coronation Street

She met with soap legends including William Roache, Barbara Knox, Sue Nicholls and Helen Worth (Picture: Scott Heppell – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Queen Elizabeth II meets actors and members of the production team during a visit to the set of Coronation Street at the ITV Studios, Media City UK, Manchester. Picture date: Thursday July 8, 2021.

Producer Iain MacLeod with The Queen as she spoke to cast members Maureen Lipman, Alan Halsall, Samia Longchambon and Jennie McAlpine (Picture: PA)

Among the many people she met during her visit, she interacted with Coronation Street boss Iain MacLeod, stars William Roache, Barbara Knox, Sue Nicholls and Helen Worth.

Coronation Street, at the time, had undergone some changes filming-wise due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and the soap stars present on the day in question told Her Majesty all about them.

They explained how the team only paused filming for a couple of weeks during the first national lockdown but still managed to broadcast continuously.


Britain's Queen Elizabeth II meets actors and members of the production team during a visit to the set of the long running television series Coronation Street, in Manchester, England, Thursday July 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

Her Majesty was given a tour of the Rovers Return indoor set as well (Picture: AP)

Queen Elizabeth II meets actors and members of the production team during a visit to the set of Coronation Street at the ITV Studios, Media City UK, Manchester. Picture date: Thursday July 8, 2021. PA Photo. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Scott Heppell/PA Wire

Coronation Street had celebrated 60 years on air shortly before The Queen’s visit (Picture: AP)

ITV’s CEO Dame Carolyn McCall showed the monarch to Studio 1, where she met with more cast members in the set of the Rovers Return.

Her Majesty spoke to Charlotte Jordan and Ruxandra Porojnicu, who play Daisy Midgeley and Alina Pop. 


Britain's Queen Elizabeth II visits the set of the long running television series Coronation Street, in Manchester, England, Thursday July 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

The Queen arriving on the set of Coronation Street last year (Picture: AP)

Charlotte told the Queen about her character Daisy, adding how much she enjoys playing the character.

The Queen’s visit came just months after the ITV soap celebrated 60 years on air.

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