Bill Roache – famous for his role as Ken Barlow on Coronation Street – spoke about the first time he met the Queen, amid celebrations this week in honor of her platinum Queen
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Bill Roache has reiterated that he was a fan of the Queen when the two first met nearly seven decades ago, and he insisted that she was “very attractive”.
The 90-year-old actor – best known as Ken Barlow on Coronation Street – has previously talked about meeting the 96-year-old monarch for the first time, but revealed more about it recently.
He explained that his first interaction with the Queen was during his time in the army, when he was stationed in Jamaica with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers in the mid-1950s.
Not long after her coronation in 1953, when he met the monarch during her tour of the Caribbean – described her as “very attractive” when he met her with colleagues in the military.
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He discussed the experience with Denise Welch, 64, for a segment that aired on Loose Women earlier, with her asking if he had a “little sparkle” for the monarch.
Bill – who said he was about 23 at the time, meaning she would be around 29 – replied: “Oh sure, you can’t help it. [it]. She is very attractive, she is very lovely. “
Describing her further, he said she was “very young, very alive, very alert and very attractive”, recounting that he met her during lunch at a governor’s house when stationed abroad.
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Bill said he spoke to her in a small group, saying that army officers had talked to her about their regiment’s goat, and that the Queen was “very interested” in the conversation.
The actor has met the king several times since then, estimating that it has been “about eight times” over the years – with him commenting further on her personality.
He said she was “always lovely” and “always wanted to laugh”, adding that she was “very sober” even now, as she visited the set of Coronation Road last summer.
And discussing the Queen and her late husband, Prince Philip, he commented: “They are always lovely because they love what they do. They care about it.”
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https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/corries-bill-roache-says-couldnt-27135376 Corrie's Bill Roache says he 'couldn't help' but liked the Queen when they first met