Originally published in July 2021
Her Majesty The Queen visited the set of Coronation Street on Thursday to mark the ITV soap’s 60th anniversary, or in royal terms, their Diamond Jubilee. The Queen celebrated her Diamond Jubilee in 2012 and last visited the set of Coronation Street in 1982, at its original studios in Manchester before the soap moved to Trafford in 2013.
The Queen walked along the famous street and was treated to a tour of the ITV drama’s studios including a stop off at the most famous pub in Britain, the Rovers Return.
Her Majesty met a whole host of cast and crew including Coronation Street legends William Roache, Barbara Knox, Sue Nicholls and Helen Worth. Roache told The Queen he had first seen her in 1953 when she visited Jamaica while he served as an Officer with the Royal Welch Fusiliers.
During the visit, The Queen was told that the cobbles on the street were the originals taken from the original Granada Studios set. Her Majesty was warned not to walk on the cobbles with high heels to which she replied, “No I know. I’ve been told. Probably better not.”
The visit to Coronation Street came as part of a wider visit to Manchester for Her Majesty The Queen. In a later visit to Manchester Cathedral, The Queen was treated to a medley of hits by Queen from the Manchester Lesbian and Gay Chorus. Her Majesty also met a variety of community groups. The visit to the Cathedral marked the 600th anniversary of the Collegiate Church of Manchester, which became a Cathedral in 1847.
While Coronation Street celebrates its Diamond Jubilee, Her Majesty The Queen will celebrate her Platinum Jubilee in 2022, the first monarch in the United Kingdom to have been on the throne for 70 years.