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Wednesday, 14 November, 2001, 14:32 GMT
Queen to meet EastEnders
Inside the Queen Vic
The Queen will get a warm East End welcome
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are to visit two popular BBC shows, soap opera EastEnders and children's programme Blue Peter, as part of a broadcasting-themed day.

While at the set of Albert Square at Elstree Studios she will call into the Queen Vic pub and meet EastEnders' cast and crew.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman told BBC News Online that the Queen has watched the soap, although could not say whether it was one of her favourites.

While the Duke is visiting the film sets, the Queen will walk through the EastEnders street market and watch a rehearsal in the Queen Vic, named after her great-great-grandmother.

The royals will also call at BBC Television Centre, where they will watch a rehearsal of Blue Peter and meet past and present presenters of the long-running children's programme.
The Queen's ancestor is the pub patron
The Queen's ancestor is the pub patron

And the Duke will visit BBC World Service, particularly the Persian and Pashto sections.

The busy schedule will include London's ITN Studios, CNN and Classic FM.

The Queen is expected to meet Sir Trevor McDonald at ITN before being shown news-gathering equipment used to cover the war in Afghanistan.

The Queen and Duke will also host a reception at Buckingham Palace for people working in the broadcasting industry, including back-room production staff, presenters and reporters.

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