Prince Charles to relive university days with surprise role on Queen’s favorite soap opera

Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla are set to make a surprise appearance in Eastenders next month in honor of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee

Prince Charles to relive college days on Queen’s favorite soap
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Prince Charles is set to make an exciting appearance on television with Duchess Camilla, over fifty years on from his theatrical pursuits at university. 

Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla are set to guest star in an episode of Eastenders next month, in celebration of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee 2022. The exciting gig will see the King-to-be flex his acting muscles in Her Majesty's favorite soap opera, more than fifty years on from his theatre days at university. 

The Prince of Wales and future Queen Consort Camilla, both of whom have been longstanding patrons of the arts, reportedly filmed scenes for the BBC show during a visit to its new set in March. 

After meeting the cast and crew, the royal couple got into performance mode to join Eastenders' bad boy Mick Carter, played by Danny Dyer, for a Jubilee Party on the fictional Albert Square. It's understood that their surprise arrival is received by quite the frenzy from the Walford locals, who aren't exactly used to seeing senior royals roaming around their working-class neighborhood. 


Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla are set to star in Eastenders on 2 June 

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"Linda Carter [Kellie Bright] is naturally in her element and giddy with excitement as their Royal Highnesses arrive in Walford," executive producer Chris Clenshaw said. 

"I did think what amazing sports that they are just willing to do it," Bright added.

"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.

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

Prince Charles is no stranger to the acting world, having honed his performance skills in the Dryden Society, the drama group at Cambridge, during his university days. The 73-year-old starred in multiple amateur theatre productions at Trinity College, some of which were reportedly even seen by the Queen herself, and was best known on the stage for impersonating comedic characters. 

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Prince Charles acting in a play at university in 1969 

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Charles' royal duties have, understandably, limited his ability to pursue his passion, but that doesn't mean he's completely abandoned the arts. The eldest of the Queen's children has appeared in numerous television shows since graduating from university in 1970, including the UK soap opera Coronation Street and the New Zealand animated series bro'Town. 

His upcoming Eastenders appearance with Camilla will likely be quite the treat for the Queen, who has reportedly been a big fan of the dramatic show for years. It's been said that the 96-year-old monarch used to follow its storylines from the privacy of her sitting room at Buckingham Palace, so much so that she apparently used to delay her dinner on Friday nights so that she could watch the full episode. 

Emma Dooney
Lifestyle News Writer

Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.

Emma holds an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London, and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.