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