The red carpet was rolled out at the Rovers Return as the Queen paid a visit to the set of Coronation Street today.
Resplendent in a blue coat and matching hat, the Queen, 95, beamed as she met long-standing cast members William Roache, Barbara Knox, Sue Nicholls and Helen Worth on the set at Media City UK, in Manchester.
The monarch stopped to chat to the actors and heard about how filming of the soap, which celebrated its 60th anniversary last year, was impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Later the Queen visited a separate part of the set where the interior of the Rovers Return is located, where she chatted with cast members including Alison King, Jane Danson, Sally Dynevor and Shelley King.
The Queen, who has ramped up her schedule of royal duties in recent weeks, appeared in excellent spirits throughout the set and stopped to speak to several members of the cast and crew.
The Queen looked radiant as she met the cast of Coronation Street on a visit to the set of the ITV soap today
The Queen looked stunning in a blue tweed hat and matching coat dress, which she adorned with a glittering brooch
The Queen was greeted by William Roache, Barbara Knox, Sue Nicholls and Helen Worth outside the Rovers Return
The Queen was greeted by Sir Peter Bazelgette, Chairman of ITV, and John Whiston, Managing Director of Continuing Drama.
During today’s visit she met long-serving cast members before taking a trip down the famous cobbles and popping into the Rover’s Return.
She also spoke to cast and crew to learn about how working practices on the long running soap opera were adapted to allow filming to continue during the pandemic.
After months of virtual engagements and a smattering of outings, the Queen has been ramping up her public schedule in recent weeks – and has appeared in excellent spirits while doing so.
Last week the monarch attended the Royal Windsor Horse Show – one of her favourite events – four days in a row, after starting the week in Scotland with Prince William and Princess Anne. She also hosted Angela Merkel at Windsor on Friday.
Speaking exclusively to FEMAIL, Phil Dampier, who has written about the royal family for 35 years, explained that although the Queen was ‘devastated’ by Prince Philip‘s death in April, she has been determined to carry on with public duties because he would want her to ‘live life to the full’.
The Queen looked in excellent spirits as she chatted to the actors on the set of the long-running ITV soap
Her Majesty met actors and members of the production team during her visit to the set of the long running television series
The Queen can be seen smiling brightly as she chats with cast members including Samia Longchambon who plays Maria Connor
Resplendent in a blue coat and matching hat, the monarch stood nearby the iconic cobbles at the show’s set in Salford, Manchester
The monarch appeared to be in good spirits during the visit to mark one of Britain’s most loved television programmes
He added that the easing of lockdown restrictions has given the Queen ‘new energy’ and she is carrying out her duties with renewed ‘enthusiasm’.
‘Some might think it is strange that she is so happy so soon after Prince Philip’s death, but I think there is a simple explanation,’ Mr Dampier explained.
‘I’m sure she was devastated by his passing – after all they were married for 73 years. But I’m sure that he told her to enjoy what was left of her own life.
The Queen was surrounded by excited cast members and members of the production team during her visit today
Her Majesty donned a silver brooch paired with a pearl necklace and earrings as she took a tour of the set
Her Majesty was seen visiting the famous Rovers Return pub where she chatted with cast members including Alison King, who plays Carla Connor, Jane Danson who portrays Leanne Battersby, and Sally Dynevor who plays Sally Webster
Her Majesty can be seen visiting the Rovers Return pub alongside cast members including Michael Le Vell and Sally Dynevor
The Queen is seen grinning as she chatted with cast members about how filming practices have been adapted during the pandemic
The Queen is seen chatting as cast members applaud her during her visit to the set of Coronation Street today
Her Majesty is seen grinning as royal fans cheer and wave flags behind her before leaving the Coronation Street set in Salford today
Her Majesty appeared to have enjoyed her time at the set of Corrie today after ramping up her public schedule in recent weeks
The Queen is pictured getting into her car to leave following her visit to the set of the long-running soap today
‘He would not want her to sit around mourning him like Queen Victoria did for Albert, and I bet he would want her to carry on living life to the full.
‘Ironically they spent a lot more time together at the end because of lockdown. His death wasn’t unexpected and he had a long and fulfilled life.
‘Like him the Queen is very practical and pragmatic, and she knows he would support her getting out and about.’