The Queen heads to Coronation Street 40 years after her last visit

The Queen has visited Coronation Street, 40 years after she last stepped foot on the cobbles.

The team behind the world’s longest running soap welcomed the Queen today (July 8) as she took a stroll down the iconic cobbled street.

She also met some of the longest-serving cast members and even paid a visit to the Rovers Return.

Her Majesty’s return to the set comes almost 40 years after she last visited Weatherfield.

In 1982, she opened the new set at Granada Studios and met some of Corrie’s most famous faces alongside her late husband, the Duke of Edinburgh.

A great deal has changed since the Queen’s last visit to the soap set, but there’s still a couple of familiar faces still working on the show in the form of William Roache and Barbara Knox who play Ken Barlow and Rita Tanner.

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

Among the many people she met during her visit, the Queen interacted with Coronation Street boss Iain MacLeod, William, Barbara, Sue Nicholls, who plays Audrey Roberts and Helen Worth, who plays Gail Platt.

The actors told Her Majesty about the changes they have made to filming during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, and how the team only paused filming for a couple of weeks during the first lockdown, but still managed to broadcast continuously.

ITV’s CEO Dame Carolyn McCall will show the monarch to Studio 1, where she meets more cast members and in the set of the Rovers Return.

Over the years, many people have claimed the Queen enjoys sitting down to watch the ITV soap and is a fan of Coronation Street.

The Queen’s visit comes just months after Coronation Street celebrated 60 years of the soap.

ITV’s Royal Editor Chris Ship posted a video of Her Majesty talking to Charlotte Jordan and Ruxandra Porojnicu, who play Daisy Midgely and Alina Pop.

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

Talking to some of the actors about the “troublesome” story lines in @itvcorrie, the Queen said: “Well life is a trouble”. @ITV

The Queen also pointed out that Corrie doesn’t ‘do an awful lot of trouble’, to which Iain MacLeod replied ‘we try to balance the trouble with some niceness’.

The video also shows Daniel Brocklebank, Charlie De Melo, Sair Khan and Georgia Taylor in the background too.

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