The Queen visits Coronation Street 39 years after last tour with Prince Philip

Queen Elizabeth II has met with a number of Coronation Street stars on a recent trip to the cobbles.

Her Royal Highness toured the iconic ITV set, meeting cast and crew who explained how working practices have been adapted during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The visit will no doubt bring back some fond memories for the Queen, who last visited Weatherfield with her late husband Prince Philip in 1982.

Together the Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Elizabeth visited Manchester nearly 40 years ago as part of her Diamond Jubilee tour.

At the time and in true Corrie style, Prince Philip was offered a pint by actress Julie Goodyear from within the Rovers Returns.

During pictures from her latest visit, The Queen could be seen with the likes of actor Michael Le Vell, who plays Kevin Webster, and Colson Smith, who plays Craig Tinker.

She could be seen inside the set of the Rover's Return, smiling wide as she looked her usual elegant self in an all-turquoise skirt suit and matching hat, complete with feathers on it.

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On Thursday, the Queen's visit would have been a lot different without the Duke of Edinburgh at her side and Covid-19 restrictions.

Her majesty was greeted on arrival by Sir Peter Bazelgette, chairman of ITV and John Whiston Managing Director of the longstanding Drama.

On April 9, the palace issued a statement announcing that the Queen's husband Prince Philip had died, age 99.

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A notice was posted on the gates of Buckingham Palace which read: "It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband.

"His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

"His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.

"Further announcements will be made in due course.

"The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss."

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Due to the on-going Covid-19 pandemic, the government urged members of public not to gather or leave tributes at royal residences.

The Royal Family also asked people to consider making a donation to a charity instead of leaving flowers.

By the look of things, the visit to the Manchester set put a huge smile on The Queen's face after what can only have been a difficult and emotional year for her.

Coronation Street continues Friday night at 7.30pm on ITV

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