Charles and Camilla make cameo appearance at Eurovision after Coronation

Eurovision Song Contest fans were given a royal surprise as they settled in for the first semi-final of the song contest on Tuesday night.

Fans filled the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool as the international competition got under way in Merseyside, with King Charles and Queen Camilla making a cameo during the opening film titled Welcome to Liverpool.

As 160 million people watched on, the film began with the moment a young Liverpudlian boy discovers that his home city is set to host the 2023 contest before travelling across the city telling his friends and family the news.

Throughout the journey, a number of celebrities and recognisable faces make an appearance who have their own personal connection to the city.

These included Wirral-born baker Paul Hollywood, Ukrainian Everton footballer Vitalii Mykolenko and Liverpool Women’s footballers Sofie Lungaard and Emma Koivisto, from Denmark and Finland respectively.

The King and Queen revealed the new-look stage in Liverpool last month before appearing in the pre-recorded clip, with Subwoolfer, who represented Norway with the song Give That Wolf A Banana in the Eurovision Song Contest last year, seen walking in front of them in the film.

Fans watching at home were quick to comment on the newly crowned monarch's appearance, with one posting to Twitter: "Did anyone have the king and queen with Subwoolfer on their bingo cards #Eurovision"

"Now why were charles and camilla in the opening credits #eurovision" asked another.

And a third added: "Not King Charles as a surprise guest for #Eurovision" while a fourth quipped: "King Charles and Queen Camilla make a cameo … alongside Subwoolfer? Welcome to #Eurovision."

The late Paul O’Grady also made an appearance in the clip, which was filmed prior to his death in March at the age of 67.

As he appeared in the clip, a voiceover said: "Paul took part in this film as he wanted to mark his pride in his home region of Liverpool hosting the contest on behalf of 2022 winners Ukraine."

Fans at home couldn’t help but feel touched by the inclusion of Paul’s footage in the opening film, with several shedding a tear at the poignant tribute to a much loved Scouse icon.

One fan wrote: “A gorgeous little nod to the great and utterly fabulous Paul O’Grady in the opening titles to Eurovision.”

Another viewer also agreed as they added: “So lovely to see Paul O’Grady in that opening and what an opening trailer that was. Amazing to see the King and Queen in it too and of course Ukraine the key part of it all.”

“Seeing Paul O'Grady was very touching,” a different viewer soon added, before several fans commented that they had been reduced to tears.


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