King Charles’ forgotten cameo in Coronation Street 20 years ago – My London

King Charles III once made a surprising cameo in British soap opera Coronation Street after visiting the set more than 20 years ago.

The new monarch paid a visit t Corrie’s famous cobbles on December 8 2000 to unveil a plaque in honour of the TV sow’s 40th anniversary. While visiting the Granada Television studios in Manchester, the then Prince of Wales popped into legendary fictional boozer the Rovers Return and chatted with several cast members, including actors William Roache (Ken Barlow), Jacqueline Pirie (Linda Baldwin) and Jack P. Shepherd (David Platt).

The senior royal also spoke with actress Liz Dawn and Sue Nicholls, who played Vera Duckworth and Audrey Roberts respectively. More excitingly still, footage from Charles’ chat with the latter actress was also used in an episode.

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The Prince of Wales shelters from the rain in the doorway of the Rovers Return pub on the set of the soap Coronation Street, on December 8th, 2000. The prince was treading the famous cobbles in the highlight of the show's 40th anniversary celebrations. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/WireImage)
The Prince of Wales shelters from the rain in the doorway of the Rovers Return pub on the set of the soap Coronation Street, on December 8th, 2000. The prince was treading the famous cobbles in the highlight of the show’s 40th anniversary celebrations. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/WireImage)

The fictional storyline sees then Prince Charles meeting with Audrey – the elected councillor for Weatherfield at the time – during the residents’ protests against the council’s attempts to dig up Coronation Street’s cobblestones. The pair’s meeting is broadcast live as part of a television news bulletin and watched by Audrey’s friends.

The snippet had actually been filmed during his visit earlier on the same day, with use of it agreed in advance with his staff. Technically appearing as himself, Charles even received a credit for his brief appearance in the credits.

Other episodes have also mentioned members of the Royal Family, with several characters said to have watched Charles’ wedding to Lady Diana Spencer in 1981.Prince William’s 2011 marriage to Kate Middleton was also discussed on-screen.



Footage taken of the now King while he was visiting the Coronation Street set was used in a storyline for an episode
Footage taken of the now King while he was visiting the Coronation Street set was used in a storyline for an episode

Coronation Street has been running since December 9 1960. It’s Britain’s longest-running soap opera, with more than 10,000 episodes in total.

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