Queen chats to Corrie cast in Rovers Return as she returns to set after 39 years

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The Queen has paid a visit to the set of Coronation Street for the first time in 39 years.

Her Majesty, 95, was given a tour of the ITV drama's studios in Salford, Greater Manchester, including a stop off at the Rovers Return pub.

She looked the picture of elegance as she blended in with the emerald colours of the famous Rovers Return pub – a staple location on the ITV soap.

The monarch, who celebrated 60 years on the throne in 2013, also walked down Weatherfield's famous cobbled streets as she took in the sights of the famous set.

Upon her arrival, the Queen gushed that Coronation Street is a ‘part of the fabric’ of society, saying it was ‘rather remarkable’ that it had been running for 60 years.

Her Majesty, 95, was given a tour of the ITV drama's studios in Salford, Greater Manchester, including a stop off at the Rovers Return pub
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The Royal was greeted by an array of long-serving cast members when she arrived onto the cobbles including William Roache, 89, who plays Ken Barlow, and Barbara Knox, 87, who played the role of Rita Sullivan in the much-loved ITV soap.

Gushing over the 95-year-old Monarch, actress Barabra Knox said: “Thank you for coming, you’ve given us all such a lift.

“You’re like a ray of sunshine. We all absolutely adore you. The world adores you.”

“It’s very nice to come,” the Queen replied.

The Royal was greeted by an array of long-serving cast members when she arrived into the Rovers Return
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The Queen beamed as she took a good look around the set before entering the famous Rovers Return where she spoke at length with the cast members and ITV chairman Sir Peter Bazelgette.

She sparked up a conversation with Sue Nicholls, who plays Audrey, and Helen Worth, who plays Gail Platt, as she posed for some snaps inside the public house.

Elsewhere, managing director John Whiston told her Majesty that the set’s cobbles had been moved from their former set at Granada Studios, which she had visited in 1982, to the new set in Trafford.

She sparked up a conversation with Sue Nicholls, who plays Audrey, and Helen Worth, who plays Gail Platt, as she posed for some snaps inside the public house
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The Queen previously visited Coronation Street in 1982 at its original studios in Manchester before the soap moved to Salford in 2013.

Following her visit, she is set to visit Manchester Cathedral, where she will meet community groups from across the North West to hear how they have supported those affected by the pandemic.

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