Bill Roache – best known for playing Ken Barlow on Coronation Street – has spoken about the first time he met the Queen, amid celebrations this week in honour of her Platinum Jubilee
He explained that his first interaction with the Queen had been during his time in the army, when he was stationed in Jamaica with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers in the mid 1950s.
It was shortly after her Coronation in 1953, with him meeting the monarch on her tour of the Caribbean – describing her as “very attractive” when he met her with army colleagues.
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Bill – who said he was about 23 at the time, meaning she would have been around 29 – responded: “Oh definitely, you couldn’t help [it]. She was very attractive, she was lovely.”
Further describing her, he said she was “very young, very alive, very alert and very attractive,” recalling that he met her for lunch at a governor’s house whilst stationed abroad.
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Bill said he spoke with her in a small group, stating that the army officers talked to her about their regimental goat, with the Queen “very interested” by the conversation.
The actor has met the monarch on numerous occasions since, estimating that it’s been “about eight times” over the years – with him further commenting about her personality.
He said that she is “always lovely” and “always wanting to laugh,” adding that she’s “very alert” even now, with her having visited the Coronation Street set last summer.
And discussing the Queen and her late husband Prince Philip, he remarked: “They were always lovely because they enjoy what they do. They take an interest in it.”
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