The Queens Visit to Emmerdale
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The Queen has received an explosive reception on the set of ITV soap Emmerdale, during the latest leg of her Golden Jubilee tour.
She arrived at the programme makers' permanent set at the Harewood House estate near Leeds to witness the village post office going up in flames.
The Queen showed little emotion as the windows were blasted out in a dramatic explosion, but smiled as members of the cast dashed to the post office to see what had happened.
Earlier she was taken to the village bed and breakfast and the Woolpack pub, where she met members of the cast.
Mark Charnock, who plays Marlon Dingle in the popular soap, said: "She was cool as a cucumber when the explosion went off. The rest of us jumped out of our skins."
Later she crossed the set's main street and chatted with Paula Tilbrook who plays Betty Eggleton.
Afterwards she said: "We know the Queen Mother used to watch but we didn't want to ask the Queen in case she didn't and it might have been a little bit embarrassing."
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The Queen has been given an explosive reception during a visit to the set of soap Emmerdale, near Leeds. The fictional village post office in the series was blown up as part of a dramatic storyline.
She looked on as the windows were blasted out and cast members ran out to watch the aftermath.
The visit came during a day tour of Yorkshire, which also saw her take in performances by Spice Girl Mel B and opera star Lesley Garrett.
The Queen watches the post office explosion The Emmerdale explosion scattered wood and debris across the main street and just yards from the royal visitor's feet.
Earlier the monarch had been taken to the village bed and breakfast and the Woolpack pub, where she met the stars of the ITV1 soap.
Mark Charnock, who plays Marlon Dingle in the popular soap, said: "She was cool as a cucumber when the explosion went off. The rest of us jumped out of our skins."
Paula Tilbrook, who plays Betty Eggleton, chatted to the Queen.
She said: "We know the Queen Mother used to watch but we didn't want to ask the Queen in case she didn't and it might have been a little bit embarrassing."
Royals and soaps
1982: Queen and Duke of Edinburgh visit Coronation Street studios
1984: Princess Margaret becomes the first royal to star on a radio programme when she appeared in The Archers
1999: Queen meets members of Channel 4 soap Brookside in Liverpool
2000: Prince Charles appears in Coronation Street during a visit to mark the soap's 40th anniversary
2001: Queen is shown round the Queen Vic when visiting the EastEnders set

Guided tour
When the Queen arrived on the set, she was greeted by ITV officials and members of the cast.
She was then taken on a 40-minute guided tour of the village and chatted to members of the cast including retired gamekeeper Seth Armstrong, played by Stan Richards.
Emmerdale producer Tim Fee was on hand to escort the Queen through the village and explain some of the programme's history.
Mr Fee explained how a set used to be a field but was transformed with some Yorkshire stone and erected from scratch in just 18 weeks.
After witnessing the pyrotechnics, the Queen made her way through the rest of the village and signed a visitors' book before leaving
The Queen is no stranger to soap sets, having visited EastEnders last year and Coronation Street in 1982. Later on Thursday, she was entertained by a Festival Celebration featuring local choirs, bands and celebrities such as Mel B, opera singer Lesley Garrett and TV presenter Richard Whiteley.
She was joined by a 3,000-strong crowd to see stars that also included new Leeds United football manager Terry Venables and veteran sporting legends including Bob Appleyard, Brian Close, and Fred Trueman. Her visit to West Yorkshire was also due to include meeting the public in Leeds' Millennium Square and welcoming the Commonwealth Games relay baton to the Temple Newsam estate, near the city.
A star-studded concert including Sheffield rock band Def Leppard is planned in the park to celebrate the Queen's visit.
The Duke of Edinburgh is also in the region, with activities including a trip to the National Coal Mining Museum, near Wakefield.


 

Emmerdale Ma'am
By Steve Dennis

THE Queen visited Emmerdale yesterday and didn't flinch when a staged gas explosion wrecked the village post office. Smoke filled the air and blasted debris across the road as she stood in the doorway of the Woolpack pub.
The Queen said: "Well, I'm rather glad no one was standing over there."
She toured the TV village on the Harewood House estate, near Leeds, to mark her Golden Jubilee and the soap's 30 anniversary.
Sheree Murphy, who plays barmaid Tricia Stokes, said: "We all jumped out of our skin but the Queen just stood still. She was so cool about it."
Prince Philip visited the revamped National Coal Mining Museum

 

Ananova
The Queen has received an explosive reception on the set of Emmerdale during the latest leg of her Golden Jubilee tour of the country.
She arrived at the programme makers' permanent set at the Harewood House estate near Leeds to witness the village post office going up in flames.
The Queen showed little emotion as the windows were blasted out in a dramatic explosion, but smiled as members of the cast dashed to the post office to see what had happened.
Earlier she was taken to the village bed and breakfast and the Woolpack pub, where she met members of the cast.
Mark Charnock, who plays Marlon Dingle in the popular soap, said: "She was cool as a cucumber when the explosion went off. The rest of us jumped out of our skins."
Later she crossed the set's main street and chatted with Paula Tilbrook who plays Betty Eagleton and briefly chatted to the Queen.
Afterwards she said: "We know the Queen Mother used to watch but we didn't want to ask the Queen in case she didn't and it might have been a little bit embarrassing.

Ananova:

Queen to see explosive Emmerdale performance
The Queen is set to enjoy an explosive performance on the latest leg of her Golden Jubilee tour.
The makers of Emmerdale have rigged the village post office to go up in flames on the programme's permanent set at the Harewood House estate, near Leeds.
The royal visitor will also meet the cast of the show which celebrates its 30th birthday later this year.
While at Harewood House the Queen will meet 300 local children before attending a private lunch hosted by Lord and Lady Harewood.
Later, she will be entertained by a Festival Parade featuring local choirs, bands and groups as well as celebrities such as Mel B, Lesley Garrett and Richard Whiteley.
Her visit to West Yorkshire will also include meeting the public in Leeds' Millennium Square and welcoming the Commonwealth Games relay baton to the Temple Newsam estate, near the city.
A star-studded concert is planned in the park to celebrate the Queen's visit to the region including Sheffield rockers Def Leppard, who are flying in specially from the US.
The Duke of Edinburgh is also making a series of visits, including to the National Coal Mining Museum, near Wakefield.
Story filed: 03:27 Thursday 11th July 2002

The day starts with the royal train's arrival at Leeds railway station, newly revamped at a cost of £245m.
At Leeds Civic Hall the Queen meets leaders of the local financial services industry - crucial to the city's efforts to reinvent itself and its economy now that manufacturing industry has largely disappeared.
And she is presented with a golden model of an owl, the city's symbol.

But things really start to go with a bang around the middle of the morning, when she is taken to see the set of the ITV soap Emmerdale, built in the grounds of Harewood House a few miles north of Leeds.
Emmerdale used to be filmed in a real village. But in 1998 Yorkshire Television, which make it, decided to build a permanent set of stone-clad timber-framed houses.
Today they have decided to blow up the post office, not for the sake of the plot but just to show they can. Catastrophe
The Queen looks slightly surprised at the television special effects people's party piece and remarks on how loud the bang was.
"I'm glad there was no-one standing there," she says (perhaps no-one has told her that, in the world of television make-believe, the post office can be reconstructed in little more than an hour).
Emmerdale is no stranger to violent catastrophe.
In 1993 half the cast were wiped out when a plane crashed on the village. More died the following year when a hostage-taking at the post office ended in a police shoot-out.
Lord Harewood landed a cheeky kissAs the longest-serving
member of the cast, Stan Richards, who plays retired gamekeeper Seth Armstrong, put it: "We have more crime and tragedy in this fiction village than in Los Angeles and San Francisco put together."
Then it is on to Harewood House itself, where she is welcomed with a kiss on the cheek by her host, Lord Harewood.


The sun
By CHARLES RAE
Royal Correspondent
THE Queen stood just feet from a huge explosion yesterday but never flinched.
She was enveloped by smoke when effects experts on the set of ITV1 soap Emmerdale blew up the Post Office.The Queen stood calmly alongside the cast as the blast rocked the set.

Mail run ... actor Stan Richards, who plays Seth Armstrong, flees POblaze

Actresses screamed as doors and windows blew out and flames licked the building. The blast could even be heard up at Emmerdale Farm.

Seconds later, the Queen turned to Mark Charnock, who plays Marlon Dingle, and said calmly: "Well, I am glad there was no one standing there."

Mark said later: “The Queen was as cool as a cucumber but we all jumped out of our skins.”

So cool ... blast shocks Emily, Sheree, Mark and Elizabeth - but not
Queen

The blast was staged just for the Queen and won’t be shown on TV. Within an hour the effects team had rebuilt the Post Office.

The Queen visited the set at Harewood House, near Leeds, as part of her Golden Jubilee tour. She also met actresses Emily Symons (who plays Lousie), Sheree Murphy (Tricia) and Elizabeth Estensen (Diane).

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