Camilla reveals she is sure Queen watched Strictly winner Rose Ayling-Ellis
The Duchess of Cornwall appeared to share a sneaky peek into the Queen’s TV habits as she revealed she watches Strictly Come Dancing as she met last year’s winner Rose Ayling-Ellis on the set of EastEnders.
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited the set of the iconic BBC soap on Thursday 31 March to meet the cast and crew, from Mick Carter actor Danny Dyer to Steve McFadden, who plays Phil Mitchell.
Whilst there, the couple also watched as a special street party involving the residents was filmed to mark the Queen’s upcoming Platinum Jubilee, which takes place in June.
Camilla, 74, chatted with Rose, 27, on the iconic set and described how she believes that the Queen, 95 is a fan of Strictly.
The Duchess was introduced to Rose and said: “Ah Rose, the Strictly star.”
She went on while addressing Rose’s EastEnders family her dad on the show, Mick Carter played by actor Danny Dyer and her half-sister Nancy Carter played by actress Maddy Hill: “We were all voting for Rose.”
She continued: “I don’t know how you did all this and the dancing.”
Danny jumped in cheekily saying: “Well they gave her three months off this to be fair!” Which was met with a laugh from the duchess and cast.
Rose added: “It allowed me to really focus on the dancing which was great.”
Rose then asked Camilla: “Does the Queen watch Strictly Come Dancing?”
To which Camilla replied: “I think she does.”
Rose, clearly chuffed with the news, replied: “Oh fab!”
With Camilla adding: “I’m sure she watched you.”
Rose took to her Instagram following the meeting and shared videos of the EastEnders set done out for the jubilee celebrations.
She wrote: “They were so lovely! It was a privilege to give flowers to Camilla.”
The Duchess also enjoyed a conversation with long-running cast member Gillian Taylforth (Kathy Beale) as they reminisced about her starring in the show since the very first episode.
Charles and Camilla’s visit began as they were introduced to some of the biggest stars in soapland who were shooting the special scenes.
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Their Royal Highnesses also mingled with the likes Steve McFadden (Phil Mitchell), Kellie Bright (Linda Carter), Natalie Cassidy (Sonia Fowler), Rudolph Walker (Patrick Trueman), Perry Fenwick (Billy Mitchell) and Tameka Empson (Kim Fox).
And it sounds like Charles and Camilla are very much fans of the show, with Charles chatting away with Perry and his former on-screen wife Emma Barton (Honey Mitchell) about how they are no longer together.
To mark the end of their historic visit, the Royals were then gifted a signed Albert Square sign, as they were bid goodbye by the cast by a giant cheer.
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