Britain's Queen Elizabeth returned to the set of Coronation Street on Thursday morning for the first time in 39 years, where she met cast members including Ken Barlow actor Bill Roache.

The 95-year-old monarch was greeted by soap veteran Roache, who has appeared on the show since it began in 1960, on her arrival.

The Queen in the Rover's Return

She also met Barbara Knox (Rita Tanner), Sue Nicholls (Audrey Roberts) and Helen Worth (Gail Platt) outside the Rovers Return at Manchester's MediaCityUK.

The Queen’s visit was part of the celebration to mark the show's 60th anniversary and during her tour of the set, she heard how the soap has adapted its filming process due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Elizabeth last visited Weatherfield in 1982 - at the former set in Manchester's Granada Studios - alongside her late husband Prince Philip, who died aged 99 in April.

During her visit, she stepped inside different parts of the studios to go inside the soap’s famous pub, the Rovers Return, where she met other cast members, including Sally Dynevor (Sally Metcalfe), Alison King (Carla Connor), Shelley King (Yasmeen Metcalfe), Jane Danson (Leanne Battersby) and Colson Smith (Craig Tinker).

The also Queen walked down the cobbles on a red carpet to the strains of the iconic Corrie theme, while several cast members applauded, according to reports.

She later visited Manchester Cathedral, where she will meet community groups from the north west of England and hear how they have coped with the coronavirus pandemic.