Prince Charles and Camilla to appear in EastEnders jubilee episode

Royals were filmed playing themselves during ‘historic’ day for BBC soap

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall are to appear as themselves in an episode of EastEnders to mark the queen’s platinum jubilee.

Charles and Camilla were filmed visiting a fictional Albert Square jubilee street party when they visited the soap set last March, the BBC has announced.

The episode will be broadcast on June 2nd at the start of the long bank holiday weekend for the jubilee.

In the scene, Charles and Camilla will be greeted by the Queen's Vic landlord, Mick Carter, played by Danny Dyer, and his wife Linda, played by Kellie Bright.

The shows executive producer, Chris Clenshaw, said: "Linda Carter is naturally in her element and giddy with excitement as their royal highnesses arrive in Walford, but it wasn't just her, as for all of us at EastEnders it was an extremely special day that will go down in EastEnders history."

Bright said the royal couple had been “amazing sports” on set.

Royal commentator Jenny Bond said: "It's a closely guarded secret exactly what they say. I don't think they had to learn many lines. Essentially they are themselves and they're going to be doing what they're going to be doing a heck of a lot of in the next couple of months – attending a jubilee party."

Speaking to BBC News, she added: “It’s just a bit of fun of them taking the mickey out of themselves.”

Members of the British royal family have made a number of visits to TV soap opera sets. In 2001, the queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were given a guided tour of Albert Square by Barbara Windsor, who played Peggy Mitchell in the show.

Last year, the queen visited the set of Coronation Street, and in 2000, Prince Charles appeared in a fictional news bulletin that featured in the ITV soap. – Guardian