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The Queen jokes 'Life is trouble!' during 'Coronation Street' tour

Queen Elizabeth II meets actors (left to right) William Roache, Barbara Knox, Sue Nicholls and Helen Worth, during a visit to the set of Coronation Street at the ITV Studios, Media City UK, Manchester.
Coronation Street actors William Roache, Barbara Knox, Sue Nicholls and Helen Worth met The Queen during her visit. (Image credit: PA)

Coronation Street saw a very special visitor today, as The Queen returned to the cobbles 40 years after she last visited the set of the ITV soap. She was last there in 1982, where she opened the new set at Granada Studios and met some of the soap's most famous faces alongside her late husband, Prince Philip.

During her visit, the monarch learned about how they'd adapted during the coronavirus pandemic, including how they had to postpone filming but managed to broadcast episodes to keep dedicated fans happy. 

And she even joked that "life is trouble" as she discussed the soap's plots!

The Queen visits Coronation Street.

"Where does one find The Rovers?" (Image credit: Getty Images)

It's understood that The Queen was greeted on set by ITV chairman Sir Peter Bazelgette and managing director of continuing drama John Whiston during her visit, and had the opportunity to speak with long-serving cast members before meeting other members of cast and crew as she enjoys a tour of the set.

Footage of The Queen's visit has been shared on Twitter by ITV's royal correspondent Chris Ship, which included clips of her walking down the cobbles and being welcomed by Coronation Street cast and crew waving Union Jacks.

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In another clip, she discussed the "troublesome" storylines that Coronation Street and other soaps often feature, adding: "Well life is trouble". She also pointed out that the programme doesn't feature too much trouble, with Iain MacLeod replying: "We try to balance the trouble with some niceness".

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The Queen’s visit comes just months after Coronation Street celebrated its 60th anniversary, earning it the title of the world’s longest-running drama serial. It was first aired live on December 9 1960 and has seen over 10,000 episodes since it first appeared on our screens.

It's not just the UK who watches the much-loved ITV soap either, as it is currently broadcast in 105 countries around the world and pulls in a dedicated viewership every episode. The soap focuses on the everyday lives of people living and working in a northern town, focusing on relationships, careers, family, lies, murders, and so much more.

Coronation Street continues on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, with episodes also available on ITV Hub

Lucy Buglass

Lucy is a digital writer with WhatToWatch.com, where she writes series guides for must-watch programmes and the latest TV news. Originally from Northumberland, she graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 2016 with a degree in Film Studies and moved to London to begin a career writing about entertainment.


She is also a Rotten Tomatoes approved film critic and has a huge passion for cinema, setting up her own website Lucy Goes to Hollywood in 2017 to review films in her spare time. Her favourite genres are horror, thriller and anything crime related. When she's not writing about film and TV, you'll likely find her playing video games, reading, and trying her hand at podcasting.