Charles and Camilla to star in jubilee EastEnders episode

By Doug Faulkner
BBC News

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Kellie Bright, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and Danny Dyer on the set of EastEnders

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall are to guest star in an episode of EastEnders to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

Charles and Camilla will join the residents of Albert Square for a street party held in honour of the monarch's 70 years on the throne.

They filmed the scenes in March when they visited the soap's Elstree set and met members of the cast.

The episode is due to air on BBC One on 2 June.

Viewers of the soap will have already seen Mick Carter, played by Danny Dyer, decide to throw a jubilee party for residents of the square - he will later tease that some very special guests will be in attendance.

In the jubilee episode, the partygoers will be left in shock when the royals appear.

Charles and Camilla will be greeted by Mick and Linda Carter, played by Kellie Bright, who will introduce them to the residents of Walford.

Speaking about meeting the royal couple, Bright said they had been "amazing sports".

"I just thought, 'wow, they've never done anything like this before'. They didn't really know what to expect, I mean it must have been nerve-wracking for them and completely out of their norm," she said.

"So I just hope they enjoyed it as much as we did."

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The special episode will air on the first day of the four-day bank holiday weekend for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee
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The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles will join a jubilee party for the residents of Albert Square
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In the episode Prince Charles will be shown around the street party by Linda Carter - played by Kellie Bright

Executive producer Chris Clenshaw said the show was "truly honoured" to have Charles and Camilla make an appearance in "one of EastEnders' most special episodes".

"Linda Carter is naturally in her element and giddy with excitement as their royal highnesses arrive in Walford, but it wasn't just her, as for all of us at EastEnders it was an extremely special day that will go down in EastEnders' history," he said.

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The royal couple filmed their scenes during a visit to the EastEnders set in March

In 2001, the Queen visited soap queen Dame Barbara Windsor, who played Peggy Mitchell, on the EastEnders set.

Prince Charles previously made a cameo appearance in Coronation Street in 2000 to mark the soap's 40th anniversary.