Loose Women star Denise Welch shares rarely-seen snap with King Charles III | The Sun
LOOSE Women panelist Denise Welch has revealed a throwback snap showing her with King Charles III during his visit to the Coronation Street set.
The image captured the Natalie Barnes actress, 64, who starred on the ITV soap between 1997 and 2000, in her regular spot behind the Rovers Return bar.
Denise was seen with her hand perched on her hip as she flashed a pout in the direction of the monarch, who came to the throne following the death of his mother the Queen on Thursday.
King Charles, who is smart in a suit and tie, looks set to take a sip of water from a crystal glass as the picture is captured.
Denise took to her Instagram Stories to upload the snap with the caption: "The King and I," referencing the movie of the same name.
The then Prince Of Wales enjoyed a brief cameo to mark Coronation Street's 40th anniversary during a live broadcast on December 8, 2000.
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His plotline saw him on a visit to Weatherfield where Councillor Audrey Roberts, played by Sue Nicholls, was presented to him.
Post-filming, the Royal unveiled a plaque commemorating his visit that was attached to the outside of the Rovers set.
Her Majesty died peacefully at the age of 96 on Thursday, with her family by her side at Balmoral.
Just a day later, the new King Charles III addressed the nation for the first time.
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The no-frills Loose Women panelist has never shied away from speaking out on the Royals, and recently defended Meghan Markle during an episode of the chat show.
Her former feud with Prince Andrew has also been widely reported, after she claimed the royal had criticised Princess Diana.
Meanwhile this summer, Denise reunited with a handful of her soap star pals for a slap-up meal.
She headed up the impressive girl gang, which included her former co-stars Sally Dynevor, Samia Longchambon, Jane Danson and Angela Lonsdale.
During her time on the soap Denise worked hard to help the younger cast members deal with the mega stardom that comes with being in the show – admitting she was pleased to be older when she joined the cast.
She recently told Loose Women: "You became incredibly famous in a short space of time.
“I was in my late 30s when I went into that and I actually started a 'starter pack,' for the young people who went in there, because they would come in at 16 and 17, straight from school and within a month they were mobbed everywhere they went.
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"And I didn't feel that they got enough support and then they didn't know who their friends were, they didn't know if boys liked them, because people might go 'oh first world problems,' but it actually mentally very hard for them.
“So I think success when you're older is easier to deal with."
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