Camila and the Prince of Wales made a shock cameo on BBC’s EastEnders and took to the streets of Walford as Mick Carter threw a street party in honour of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
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The Duchess of Cornwall has tied a purple ribbon in solidarity with “all the victims of domestic abuse” during a special appearance on Eastenders.
Camilla and the Prince of Wales made the shock cameo on the BBC soap as they took to the streets of Walford as Mick Carter – played by Danny Dyer – threw a street party in honour of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
The royal couple stunned the partygoers as they pulled up in a car outside the Queen Vic pub before they were greeted by Mick and Linda Carter, played by Kellie Bright.
During the episode, Camilla is introduced to Karen Taylor, played by Lorraine Stanley, whose on-screen daughter Chantelle Atkins, played by Jessica Plummer, was murdered in a domestic abuse storyline.
The Duchess then took a purple ribbon and tied it around a tree in memory of Chantelle, who suffered months of abuse at the hands of her husband Gray Atkins.
Camilla said: “This is for your daughter, Chantelle. This is for all victims of domestic abuse.
“It’s very important that she is remembered. My heart goes out to you, I know a lot of people who have lost children.”
Sharon Watts, played by Letitia Dean, quipped that the gesture was a “proper royal seal of approval”.
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Charles also unveiled a commemorative plaque to celebrate the royal visit to Albert Square, which was dated June 2.
Mick said: “We’d like to mark this very special occasion with a memento.
“We’ve all had a whip around and there is a collection for you behind the bar in your great-great-great-grandmothers boozer to go to a charity that is close to your heart.”
The royal couple were introduced to a number of characters including Martin Fowler, played by James Bye, who explained to Charles about the history of his market stall dating back many generations in his family of greengrocers.
The Prince of Wales said to Frankie Lewis, played by Rose Ayling-Ellis: “You lip-read very well” before meeting resident police officer Jack Branning, played by Scott Maslen.
Camilla was then introduced to “legend of the square” Patrick Trueman, played by Rudolph Walker, and points out the “nice little bottle” of rum from Trinidad that Patrick is holding.
In unison, they said: “A drop a day keeps the doctor away,” causing the residents to laugh along with them.
Patrick asks the Camilla if he can interest her in a tot of rum before she leaves, to which the duchess agrees, as the residents cheer in the background.
He later asks to pour a dribble into Charles’ cup of tea, to which he replies: “I thought you’d never ask.”
At the end of the episode, Mick shares a toast to Her Majesty the Queen and “to all the people up and down the country doing exactly the same thing as us, celebrating”.
The special Jubilee episode featuring Charles and Camilla aired on Thursday.
* If you need help, call the National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247 – it’s run by charity Refuge and the free number is in operation 24 hours a day
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